A man arrested in connection to two linked crossbow attacks has been released under investigation.

The 47-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two people were hit by suspected crossbow bolts in and around Arnold Circus ten days apart.

On March 4, 44-year-old Nazarine Cazley was shot in the back of her head outside Clifton House in Club Row.

A 20-year-old man was also injured after being hit in the neck by a suspected crossbow bolt around 200 feet away in Arnold Circus last Thursday (March 14).

Both victims have been discharged from hospital. Neither has life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, who is responsible for policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, sought to reassure the local community after police confirmed the suspect has been released under investigation.

He said: "I'm acutely aware of the level of concern in the community following these awful attacks.

"Since the first incident the police response has been immediate and dynamic, with my detectives leading a significant investigation involving CCTV trawls, intelligence and forensic work, whilst my neighbourhood teams have been engaged in public appeals and reassurance patrols.”

He added that the force had been strongly supported by Tower Hamlets Council, and that the community will “continue to see an enhanced police presence in the area”.

Anyone with information that could help police should call 101, quoting reference CAD 6663/14 Mar or Operation Goldwater.

To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.