Police have formally named and published photographs of the victims in the double murder in Westminster.
Sharon Pickles, 45, and Clinton Ashmore, 59, were found dead within hours of each other at addresses in North West London on Thursday night (August 19) into Friday morning (August 20).
The incidents are being treated as linked and a special post mortem examination has confirmed that both Sharon and Clinton died as a result of a cut wound to the neck.
Police are urgently searching for a 49-year-old man, named Lee Peacock, who they wish to question in relation to the attacks.
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Officers were called to Ashbridge Street, in Marylebone, at 9:30pm on Thursday (August 19), after concerns were raised for the welfare of those inside a home on the road.
Sharon was found within the property and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following a call from London Ambulance Service (LAS), officers were called less than five hours later to nearby Jerome Crescent, in Lisson Grove, at 2.15am (Friday, August 20) to reports of a stabbing.
Officers found Clinton, 59, in the property and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A team of detectives is working “around the lock” to find Mr Peacock who they believe may be able to help in the investigation.
A spokesperson for the Met confirmed he has not yet been found and has urged the public not to approach him – and instead call the police.
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“Firstly my thoughts are with the families of Sharon and Clinton. This is a shocking crime and we will not rest until we bring the person or persons responsible to justice,” said Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
“Key to that is finding Lee Peacock. We believe he knew both victims and urgently need to locate him to talk to him about their murders.
“We have a team of detectives working around the clock to find him, but so far they have been unable to locate him.
“I would urge anybody who knows his whereabouts to contact police immediately by calling 999.
“If seen, we would urge the public not to approach him, but to contact police as soon as possible.”
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
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