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UPDATE: Man stabbed in chest in Eltham after shop burglary
A 28-YEAR-OLD man was stabbed in the chest yesterday (Sept 19) and another left with head injuries following an Eltham shop burglary.
Police were called to Westmount Road at 1.28pm and London Ambulance Service paramedics took the man suffering from a stab wound to hospital as a priority as well as the second who is in his 30s.
Staff in a parade of shops on the street say the victims might have been brothers who run Horticultural Supplies and police have confirmed the attack was a commercial robbery.
Victoria Mercer, who works next door at the Laundromat, says she could not hear anything over the din of the dryers, but believes burglars broke into the shop and fled out the back entrance in Earlshall Road.
The mother-of-two, 32, said: “I didn’t see anything or hear anything over the noise.
“It is scary because we share the back.
“It was right next door - I have told my boss I am keeping the door locked.
“I think it was a burglary and they were going for the money.”
She added: “No one saw anything – it’s really strange.”
Many residents were either at work when the incident took place or said they were at home but did not hear or see anything.
A resident of nearby Elibank Road - which was briefly closed yesterday – and who wished not to be named, said: “Around 1.30pm I saw the blue police light.
“It is a bit worrying because it is usually quiet around here.
"I know we had the Lawrence case years ago but to see police in our street is unusual and there was a police helicopter.
“It is a shock to hear it.”
Speaking yesterday, a spokeswoman for Greenwich police said: "A male who suffered stabbing injuries to his chest and another male who suffered head injuries have been taken to hospitals in south east London.
"I can confirm that this was a commercial robbery and that the two victims involved have suffered minor injuries."
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