Two teenagers have been arrested after a young man was stabbed and shot in an "ambush" while riding his bicycle.

Emergency services were called to Whalebone Lane South in Dagenham at 5.20pm on May 2 following reports that a man had been stabbed.

Shortly after, a second call was received from a member of the public reporting gunshots heard in the area.

A 19-year-old man was found with stab injuries and remains in hospital in a critical condition where it was confirmed he had also been shot.

His next of kin has been informed.

Two teenagers, both 17, were arrested in the Ashford area of Kent yesterday (May 10) on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Both youths currently remain in custody in Kent and will be taken to London for questioning.

Four men and a woman, aged between 18 and 25 years old, had previously been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

They have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Iain Wallace, who is leading the investigation for the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We know that the victim was riding a bike on the street when he was attacked by a group of men who arrived at and left the scene in three cars.

“We have made a number of arrests so far in our investigation, however we are still keen to hear from anyone with any information who has not yet spoken to police.

“This wasn’t a disagreement or a fight, it was an ambush that has left a 19-year-old fighting for his life.

"If you have information that could help us take these dangerous individuals off your streets please do get in touch.”

Anyone with information or footage relating to this incident should call 101 quoting 5857/02May.

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