Twelve year old boy shot in east London

A 12-year-old boy has been injured after he was shot in the knee in east London.

The youngster was gunned down in a Hackney street shortly after 9pm yesterday, but he had left the scene by the time emergency services arrived.

He later appeared at a north London hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound and subsequently discharged.

Officers from Trident, the force's unit which tackles gang and gun crime, are appealing for witnesses following the incident in Sewdley Street in the Lower Clapton area of Hackney.

Police are continuing to investigate and so far no arrests have been made.