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Indefinite hospital order for Foster over stab attacks

Archibald Reverent Foster Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Archibald Reverent Foster can only be released with the Home Secretary's approval

A man who attacked and stabbed two women in separate attacks in south-east London has been given an indefinite hospital order.

Archibald Reverent Foster, 48, of Sydenham, stabbed a 26-year-old woman in Bromley Road last August.

In September, he stabbed a 31-year-old woman five times as she was leaving a supermarket in Plumstead Common Road.

At Woolwich Crown Crown, Foster was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder.

Both women received injuries to their legs, arms and hands.

Acting Det Sgt Stephanie Chance, described the attacks as horrific and unprovoked.

"I would also like to commend the bravery of each of the witnesses who went to the aid of both victims.

"Without their courage and intervention these attacks could well have been fatal."

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