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Newham shooting: Teenager, 15, shot in leg in drive-by attack in east London as car found on fire minutes later

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A 15-year-old boy was injured in a drive-by shooting in Newham, with the car involved found on fire minutes later, police said. 

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The teen was shot in the leg and has been taken to hospital, but his injuries are not life threatening.

The attack took place in Harcourt Road just after 5.30pm on Thursday.

Scotland Yard said officers found a torched car in nearby Chesterton Road less than ten minutes later.

It is understood the car was the same vehicle involved in the shooting incident. 

A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called to Harcourt Road, Newham, shortly after 17.31hrs on Thursday, 11 April to reports of gun shots.

“It was reported that a boy, aged 15, had received a gun shot injury to his leg after shots were fired from a car.

“The boy has been taken to hospital. His injury has been assessed as non life-threatening.

“Shortly after 17.40hrs, police received reports of a car on fire in Chesterton Road, E13.

“The London Fire Brigade were called to the scene. 

“This car is believed to be the same vehicle involved in the shooting incident.

“There were no reported injuries from this incident.

“Crime scenes have been put in place at both locations. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.” 

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given, anonymously, to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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