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Flying Squad make arrests for attempted murder and robbery
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The Met Police’s Flying Squad have this morning arrested three men on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted robbery, following an appeal for information about an armed robbery at a shop in Plaistow last Halloween.
The men, aged 25, 38 and 49, all from Basildon, Essex, were arrested in Basildon at approximately 05.30hrs this morning, Thursday, 31 July.
Essex Police assisted the Flying Squad in making the arrests.
All men are currently in custody at a North London police station. Enquiries are ongoing.
On 21 February, the Flying Squad released CCTV footage of the incident which took place at the Show Supermarket on High Street, E13 at approximately 23.45hrs on 31 October 2013.
Two men entered the shop. One threatened the 51-year-old shop owner and his 40-year-old shop assistant with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun while the other kept watch.
The victims resisted the robbery and both suspects fled, empty-handed. They were chased by the victims and the shop owner was shot in the chest at close range, out of sight of CCTV.
He was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries and fell into a coma which he remained in for over two weeks. Despite being discharged, his injuries have severely impacted on his quality of life.
The shop assistant, who was hit in the leg and abdomen by fragments of the bullet, was also treated at hospital and discharged.
DCI Steve Ellen of the Flying Squad said: "We received a number of leads as a result of the media appeal in February. These have helped us progress our investigation, so I thank media for their support. The investigation is now at a sensitive stage as we continue with our enquiries."
At the time of the appeal, the 27-year-old daughter of the Show Supermarket's owner, said: "My dad is an honest, hard-working man. He has run the Show Supermarket for 14 years and is well known to the local community as a friendly person.
"On the 31st of October last year, his life changed when he tried to defend his livelihood from armed robbers. He was bravely chasing two armed men away from his shop when one of them shot him in the chest.
"They ran off, leaving him bleeding in the street.
"He was taken to hospital where he fell into a coma that lasted over two weeks. My family and I were sick with worry, not knowing if he would live.
"We are lucky that he survived. But since then he has suffered numerous health problems as a result of the assault. He is afraid and unable to return to work.”