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UK hotel hammer attack: fourth arrest

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London - A fourth man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder over a hammer attack on three wealthy female Emirati tourists in their luxury London hotel room.

The attack happened at around 2:00am on Sunday in a room on the seventh floor of the Cumberland Hotel, by Hyde Park and the main Oxford Street shopping thoroughfare.

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On Tuesday, officers arrested three men aged 56, 34 and 32 on suspicion of attempted murder following raids at addresses in Islington, north London.

A 31-year-old woman was also arrested in Islington on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

A fifth suspect, a 32-year-old man, was also arrested from the same borough on Thursday. All five remain in custody.

The victims were part of a wealthy family group who had come to London for shopping and sightseeing. The women had visited high-end stores on Saturday.

One of the victims remains in a critical condition in hospital. The other two women are also in hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said on Thursday.

Sapa-AFP

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