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Mother and daughter are left fighting for their lives after 27-year-old man 'smashed them in the


A mother and daughter are fighting for their lives after a stranger 'smashed them in the head' and left one's 'face hanging off' in an unprovoked hammer attack, Daily Mail reported.

Joe Xuereb, 27, has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murdered after two women, who were not known to him, were targeted at Adderley Gardens in Greenwich, south-east London, yesterday.

Scotland Yard confirmed they arrested Xuereb on at 7.35pm, roughly two miles from where the attack took place.

He had been spotted by a woman who then followed him in her car, until officers were able to detain him on Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup, south-east London.

The suspect, from Greenwich, is thought to have mental health issues, a taser was 'deployed but not used' prior to his arrest.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the women, aged 64 and 30, suffering from injuries 'consistent with a violent assault'.

The victims are both in critical condition at a south London hospital.

Police believe a hammer recovered from the scene 'may have been used' to carry out the 'horrific attack'.

One neighbour, who helped the victims in the aftermath of the attack said: 'It was horrific.

'Her face was hanging off, I was trying to put her face back together. They were definitely life-changing injuries.

'She was hit in the face and the head, and the other woman was hit in the head. I'm worried they won't survive.'

Neighbour David Halliday, 35, saw police officers ramming the door of address on Adderley Gardens, where he said the suspect lived.

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My view: This is horrible, evil monster, he's definitely ill, it's sad what happened to mother and daughter. Why are there so many bad people in the world?.