Girl shot outside London takeaway fights for life

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A teenage girl was in a critical condition in hospital today after being shot while waiting at a takeaway restaurant, police said.

The 16-year-old was shot in the neck at Hoxton Chicken and Pizza in Hoxton Street, Hackney, east London, at around 7pm yesterday.

Police said the shot was fired from outside the takeaway.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The girl had received a gunshot wound to the neck and was taken to hospital where she is in a critical condition."

The shooting is being dealt with by detectives from the Met's Operation Trident - the unit which investigates serious crime in the capital.

Police said it was too early in the investigation to say if the shooting was gang-related. No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing outside a pub, police said today.

The 20-year-old victim was attacked outside the Thornhill Arms in Wynford Road, north London, last night.

He was taken by ambulance to Royal London Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

Police said they had arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

He was taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to a man stabbed in the street outside the Thornhill Arms pub in Wynford Road.

"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended to find a 20-year-old man suffering a stab wound to the torso.

"He was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he died shortly after arrival."

Officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating.

Police said they were keeping an open mind on the motive behind the attack.

The murder was not connected to the Spurs v Arsenal game that was taking place nearby, they said.