Metropolitan Police are investigating a suspected gangland spat after a 12-year-old boy was stabbed eight times in Hackney.

A 19-year-old man was also stabbed in the same night on Tuesday (23 June) in the North London borough, causing police to believe the attacks could be part of a gang feud.

In the first incident, police were called at 9.47pm by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to Gorsuch Street, near Hoxton Overground station, to reports of a stabbing following a fight.

A 19-year-old man was taken to hospital by LAS having suffered stab injuries to his hand and leg. He remains at hospital, where his injuries were described as not serious.

In the second incident, police were called at 10.14pm to a stabbing near the entrance to flats at Stanway Court, also near Hoxton station.

Officers attended and found a 12-year-old boy suffering a total of eight stab wounds to his chest and back. He was taken by LAS to a Central London hospital and his condition is now serious-but-stable, and not believed life-threatening.

The suspects for the first stabbing are two black males on bicycles, who had earlier been part of a larger group chasing the victim, while the suspect for the attack on the 12-year-old boy is described as a young black male, aged approximately 15 to 25 years. He made off on foot.

No arrests have been made and detectives from the Trident Gang Crime Command are continuing their enquiries.

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is urged to call Trident via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.