Fifth arrest in hotel hammer attack investigation

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with an attack on three women at the Cumberland Hotel in central London.

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Hammer attack victim left with 5% brain function

A police car outside The Cumberland Hotel following the attack Credit: Yui Mok/PA

A woman who was attacked by a man with a hammer has been left with just 5% brain function and lost her left eye. The woman and her two sisters were attacked in their room at the Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch last Sunday.

32-year-old Philip Spence appeared in West London Magistrates' Court today charged with three counts of attempted murder and one of aggravated burglary. He's been remanded in custody.

Police say the main victim, who is from the United Arab Emirates, remains in a critical condition. She's suffering head and facial injuries, has lost her left eye and significant quantities of blood.

The second woman suffered two fractures to her skull, a broken left arm and a fracture to her cheekbone. The third sister has a fracture to her skull and a ruptured left eardrum.

Goods worth over £1,000 were taken following the attack and £3,000 was taken from the victim's bank accounts. The women had come to London for shopping and sightseeing.

Man charged after hotel hammer attack

A man has been charged with attempted murder after three women were attacked with a hammer at the Cumberland Hotel near Oxford Street.

32 year old Philip Spence was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated burglary.

Three others have been charged with offences including handling stolen goods.They will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

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Four arrested over hotel hammer attack

Four people have been arrested after a group of women were attacked with a hammer at the Cumberland Hotel near Oxford Street.

Three men, aged 56,34 and 32, have been held on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack on Sunday morning.

A 31-year-old woman has been held on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

The three women injured in the incident remain in hospital where one of the victims is in a critical condition.

Woman still in critical condition in hospital

A woman is still in a critical condition tonight after she was attacked by a man with a hammer in her central London hotel room.

The female tourist, and two other women who were also hurt, were in the UK on a shopping trip. A man got in through an unlocked room door at Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Women deliberately left door unlocked

A lone white man entered the unlocked room on the seventh floor of the four-star hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning Credit: ITN

Three wealthy tourists who had been on a shopping spree have been bludgeoned by a hammer-wielding attacker who sneaked into their hotel room in the middle of the night.

A lone white man managed to get into the room on the seventh floor of the four-star Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch in London's West End in the early hours of yesterday morning.

When one of the women woke up, he attacked her with the hammer, and then turned on the two other victims, fleeing the hotel in bloodstained clothes.

It is understood that the trio, who are all from the United Arab Emirates, had deliberately left their door unlocked because they were staying in hotel as part of a large family group.

They were sleeping with three children, who were unharmed, in two adjoining rooms.

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This is one of the safest cities in the world, reassures West End

This is very much an isolated and extraordinary incident for London, one of the safest cities in the world.

We have spoken with the hotel who are focused on providing support to the families involved as well as guests, many of whom are regular customers.

We have been in discussion with the police and we support their urgent call for witnesses.

– Robin Hibbert, head of operations at New West End Company

Police keeping open mind about motive for attack

The Cumberland hotel today Credit: ITN

Police are looking at hotel CCTV in an attempt to find the assailant, which left the hammer believed to be used in the attack in the room when he fled.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry to the hotel room and they were retaining an open mind about the motive.

All women taken as priority to hospital

The Junior Suite in the Cumberland Hotel Credit: Guoman Hotels

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said:

"We were called to reports of an assault at Great Cumberland Place. We sent a responder in a car and three ambulance crews. Staff treated three patients, all women, and two were reported to be in their 30s.

"All patients were taken as priorities to hospital."

Three children were in the adjoining room

Police say it's believed one man entered a guest bedroom on the seventh floor of the building, where three women and three children were sleeping in adjoining rooms.

Detectives believe that the suspect was disturbed when some of the occupants of the room woke up, and the three women were subsequently assaulted with a hammer which was later recovered at the scene.

The attacks are being treated as attempted murder.

Police are keen to speak to anyone with any information or who was in or around the hotel between 0100 and 0200 on Sunday morning.

The incident room can be contacted on 020 8358 0100.

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