Police have named two teenage boys who had been stabbed to demise a mile aside in south-east London and confirmed they’re treating the murders as linked.
The boys, each aged 16, have been recognized as Kearnie Solanke and Charlie Bartolo.
Solanke was discovered with stab wounds in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, and Bartolo was found in Sewell Highway, Abbey Wooden, on Saturday afternoon.
Talking in Titmuss Avenue, Det Supt Richard McDonagh of the Metropolitan police stated: “Murder colleagues are investigating and are treating the 2 murders as linked.”
McDonagh stated police needed to listen to from witnesses who could have seen a darkish 4×4 car: “Officers are particularly eager to listen to from anybody who may need seen a dark-coloured SUV or 4×4 sort with distinctive silver roof bars within the areas round Sewell Highway or Titmuss Avenue within the days previous to the murders.We’ve got already heard from numerous witnesses and I’m grateful to them.”
He added: “I can guarantee all people affected by these murders that expert detectives will work tirelessly to find what occurred and supply solutions to the younger victims and households.
Police had been known as at about 5.10pm on Saturday to experiences that folks had been injured at each places.
McDonagh stated: “Emergency providers attended instantly and at every location they discovered a 16-year-old boy struggling stab accidents. Tragically, each boys died of their accidents.”
He added: “As deputy borough commander of the Met south-east command unit, I be a part of the group in being deeply saddened and outraged by these mindless murders.” Specialist officers are supporting the bereaved households.
McDonagh stated: “Tackling violence is a precedence for the Met. Days like at this time present why our work is so vital and why I need to ask all once more for London communities to work with us and our companions in order that we’re doing all we will collectively to stop such tragedies.”
He added: “I’m interesting for any witnesses who could have seen both incident. I’m additionally excited by talking with those that knew Charlie and Kearne and would possibly be capable of provide some info or perception into the mindless killings.”
A number of teenage boys laid flowers by the cordon in Titmuss Avenue, the place a forensics tent might be seen by some knocked-over dustbins.
Victor, 30, a soccer supervisor who says he went to high school with one sufferer’s mom, stated the stabbing was “not regular” for the world however issues had been getting worse in recent times.
“There may be quite a lot of stuff occurring, on the road with the younger youngsters – it’s as a result of lack of youth centres. There may be not likely a spot the place youngsters say ‘it is a secure surroundings’.”
Gillian Southwest, 48, who additionally lives on the highway, stated: “It’s horrible. I’ve lived right here for 28 years. If it’s the boy I believe it’s he’s a very an excellent boy.”