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Thursday, 25 August 2016

A man from Hammersmith who stabbed two men during disorder at Hyde Park last month has pleaded guilty, after a police officer attached to a gangs unit recognised his face.

18 year old Joshua Clements pleaded guilty to two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent; one count of carrying an offensive weapon; two counts of handling stolen goods; and, one count of possession with intent to supply (Class A).

This is the first conviction following the disorder.

On the evening of Tuesday, the 19th of July, Clements attacked two 19-yar-old men with a hunting knife in two separate incidents, causing both victims serious injuries.

One of the attacks took place inside Hyde Park with the victim sustaining a stab wound to the abdomen; the other assault happened close to the park’s perimeter by Cumberland Gate.

In this incident, Clement stabbed his victim in the chest and both arms. Both men sustained serious injuries but are recovering well.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Clements had attempted to disguise his identity by wearing a face mask covered in a camouflage pattern. Officers traced Clements’ movements via CCTV.

An image of Clements’ face with his mask off was circulated and recognised by a police constable attached to a west London gangs unit, and Clements was arrested on Wednesday, the 27th of July.

A weapon seized at Clements’ home was forensically linked to one of his crimes.
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