2 arrests after fatal stabbing on Old Kent road in London

Police were called at 06:52hrs on Tuesday, 9 January to reports of an injured man on Old Kent Road, SE1. Officers, London’s Air Ambulance [HEMS] and London Ambulance Service [LAS] attended. At the scene, a 47-year-old man was found with knife injuries. Despite the efforts of emergency services to save him, the victim sadly died at the scene at 07:22hrs. A murder investigation was launched, led by Detective Chief Inspector Mike Nolan of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command. DCI Nolan said: “Early indications are that the stabbing took place inside a residential address close to where the victim was found by members of the public.

“While we are keeping an open mind concerning motive, it does appear that those present at the address at the time of the stabbing were known to each other and that there is no wider threat to the public.”

Two people, a 54-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder. Both were taken to south London police stations where they remain at this time. A crime scene and cordons remain in place and enquiries are underway to identify the victim and notify next of kin. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. DCI Nolan added: ““I would like to thank everyone who came forward this morning to speak to police and local people for their patience and understanding as we go about our enquiries. “If you have information or footage that could assist our investigation please do get in touch.” Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, leading policing in Southwark said: “I know that the community will be shocked by this incident. “Local residents will notice a more visible police presence in the area and I urge anyone who has concerns to speak with those officers as they patrol or contact your local neighbourhood police team. “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family.”

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