Hammer attack: Man charged with attempted murder of Canary Wharf worker and her mum

Police at the scene of the hammer attack in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham. Picture: John Stillwell/PA

Police at the scene of the hammer attack in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following a hammer attack on a Canary Wharf worker and her mother.

Joe Xuereb, 27, will appear in court in connection with a serious assault on Ania Gos, 30, and her 64-year-old mum in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham, on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find two women suffering from devastating injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

They were taken to south London hospitals where they remain in a critical condition.

Xuereb, of Greenwich, was arrested on Sunday after a media appeal. He is due to appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday).

On Monday, Ms Gos’s employer S&P Global said colleagues were “extremely shocked and saddened” by the “senseless” attack.

Ms Gos’s mother was visiting from Poland when she was attacked, neighbours said.