A teenager has reportedly had 'his hand sliced off at the wrist with a machete' during a savage attack in east London, according to reports.

The Metropolitan Police have said that officers were called to a residential area in the borough of Tower Hamlets at around 5.45pm on Sunday (September 12).

The 19-year-old had "life-changing injuries" from a "significant knife wound to the arm" when he was found on Golding Street in the Whitechapel area, according to police.

The man was then rushed to hospital and admitted to a major trauma unit and the force described the wounds as life-changing and not life-threatening.

The man was rushed to a major trauma unit at a nearby hospital
The man was rushed to a major trauma unit at a nearby hospital

Gruesome footage uploaded to social media reportedly shows the man desperately trying to stop the flow of blood with a tea towel as he sits in agonising pain on the kerb.

An investigation has now been launched into other footage picked up on a nearby vehicle's dashcam which captures the alleged attack.

Police have said two men, aged 21 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent and remain in custody.

A second man, aged 20, was found with a knife wound in nearby Christian Street. He was taken to hospital for treatment and later arrested. He was later released on bail.

A Metropolitan Police statement read: "We are aware of a video on social media showing a male who is visibly injured on a street in Tower Hamlets.

Man has hand 'sliced off' with his own machete during attack from vigilante locals
Police were called to the scene at 5.45pm on Sunday

"The first half of the video appears to have been filmed following an incident in Golding Street, E1 that is under investigation.

"It has not been possible to determine where or when the second half of the video – which appears to show officers making arrests – was filmed or what it relates to."

Police believe a number of may have people witnessed the incident and may have filmed video. They are asking anyone who has footage of the incident to call 101 or tweet @MetCC ref CAD 5643/12 Sept.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about what took place should call 101 or tweet @MetCC, giving the reference 5643/12SEP.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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