Double murder probe as two teenagers, 16, stabbed to death a mile apart from each other

27 November 2022, 09:27 | Updated: 27 November 2022, 16:46

Forensic officers probe the scene on Sewell Road today
Forensic officers probe the scene on Sewell Road today. Picture: Getty
Fran Way

By Fran Way

The murders of two 16-year-old boys who were fatally stabbed just a mile apart in south-east London on Saturday afternoon are linked, the Metropolitan Police said.

One boy was found with stab wounds in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead and the other in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, on Saturday afternoon.

Crime scenes remained in place at both locations on Sunday morning with police offices guarding the cordoned off areas.

Several teenage boys laid flowers by the cordon in Titmuss Avenue, where a forensics tent could still be seen by some knocked over dustbins.

One was tearful as he placed a red love-heart balloon alongside them.

Officers later cordoned off a black Nissan with one saying it is a "car of interest" in the investigation.

Bamidele Folorunso, a neighbour who was on the way to church, told the PA news agency: "It is very sad.

"We just found out the boy was on the floor and the police came and they tried to resuscitate him."

A visibly upset Ms Folorunso said: "Since then, everyone in the area has been mourning. It is very sad to lose a 16-year-old boy."

Victor, 30, a football manager, who says he went to school with the victim's mother, said the stabbing was "not normal" for the area but things have been getting worse in recent years.

A member of the public lays flowers at the scene of one stabbing
A member of the public lays flowers at the scene of one stabbing. Picture: Getty

"There is a lot of stuff going on on the street with the young kids - it's due to the lack of youth centres.

"There is not really a place where kids say 'this is a safe environment'."

"I've got three kids. I went and told my partner (about the stabbing) and she said 'I want to get out of here'."

Teresa Cheshire, 50, who also lives on the road, said her children walk down the road every day.

She said: "I just saw a lot of people by the bin shed.

"All I heard was the screaming and that was at 5.20pm.

"It is scary because it is all the press and everything but it is for all the wrong reasons.

"I'm frightened to let my kids outside now.

"It's just shocking."

People pay tribute at the scene in Abbey Wood, Thamesmead
People pay tribute at the scene in Abbey Wood, Thamesmead. Picture: Getty

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Gillian Southwest, 48, who also lives on the road, said: "It is terrible. I have lived here for 28 years.

"If it's the boy I think it is he's a really a good boy."

A 32-year-old man, who did not wish to be named but lived on the road all his life, said he was waiting for an ambulance for his grandmother when a commotion began.

"I heard some noise at about 6 o'clock - the bins were all rattling.

"There are always some kids running through making noise but something like this is out of the ordinary.

"To hear something like this in this area is shocking."

A Section 60 order, providing officers with additional search powers, was in place until 8am this morning. This can be extended if police need extra time.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them by calling 101 and giving the reference 4943/26NOV.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The two boys' next of kin will be provided with support by specialist officers.

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