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Appeal for 49-year-old after woman, 45, and man, 58, stabbed to death within hours of each other

Detectives investigating the deaths are ‘urgently’ seeking the whereabouts of 49-year-old Lee Peacock, although they urge the public not to approach him

Police today released a video appeal for a 49-year-old man as they stepped up their hunt for a killer after two bodies were found within hours of each other at separate addresses in central London.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement last night that they were appealing for information about the whereabouts of Lee Peacock.

Then this morning, the force posted a video of Detective Superintendent Luke Marks on its Twitter feed in a further bid for help in tracking him down.

The Detective said: ‘I’m appealing today for information in regards to the whereabouts of 49-year-old Lee Peacock.

‘We need to speak to Lee urgently in regards to two murders that occurred in Westminster on Thursday and Friday.

‘I would ask that anybody who sees Lee calls 999 immediately.’

Emergency services were called to Ashbridge Street, Westminster, just after 9.30pm on Thursday, after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of people inside the property, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers found a 45-year-old woman who had suffered a knife injury. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 2.15am on Friday, police were alerted by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a man with a knife injury at a property in Jerome Crescent, around half a mile away.

Paramedics confirmed the 59-year-old man had died.

Inquiries are under way to trace the woman’s next of kin, while the man’s have been notified and are being supported by specialist officers.

No arrests have been made.

Lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley said last night: ‘At this early stage we are retaining an open mind concerning motive, but at this stage we are treating these crimes as linked.

‘We are very keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious around Ashbridge Street or Jerome Crescent overnight. No matter how small or insignificant you think your information might be, please do get in touch.’

Crime scenes are in place in Ashbridge Street and Jerome Crescent and additional police resources and patrols have been deployed throughout the area to provide local reassurance, police said.

‘Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to approach patrol officers. To pass on information please call 101,’ said DCI Owain Richards, police commander for Westminster.

People witnessing anything suspicious are asked to call 101, quoting reference 7227/19AUG.

Emergency services were called to Ashbridge Street, Westminster, just after 9.30pm on Thursday, after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of people inside the property, the Metropolitan Police said

Emergency services were called to Ashbridge Street, Westminster, just after 9.30pm on Thursday, after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of people inside the property, the Metropolitan Police said

Paramedics confirmed the 59-year-old man had died.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, the lead investigator said: ‘I would urge anybody that knows the whereabouts of Lee Peacock to contact police immediately by calling 999.

‘If seen, we would urge the public not to approach him, but contact police as soon as possible.’  

Inquiries are under way to trace the woman’s next of kin, while the man’s have been notified and are being supported by specialist officers.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley said: ‘At this early stage we are retaining an open mind concerning motive, but at this stage we are treating these crimes as linked.

‘We are very keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious around Ashbridge Street or Jerome Crescent overnight. No matter how small or insignificant you think your information might be, please do get in touch.’

At 2.15am on Friday, police were alerted by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a man with a knife injury at a property in Jerome Crescent, just under half a mile away

At 2.15am on Friday, police were alerted by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a man with a knife injury at a property in Jerome Crescent, just under half a mile away

Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, police commander for Westminster, said: ‘Crime scenes are in place in Ashbridge Street and Jerome Crescent and additional police resources and patrols have been deployed throughout the area to provide local reassurance.

‘Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to approach patrol officers. To pass on information please call 101.’

Anyone who saw anything suspicious should call 101, giving the reference 7227/19AUG.


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