The Met Police says officers are ‘confident’ the injured man found on a canal barge in Ealing, west London, is 49-year-old Lee Peacock, who detectives were trying to trace following the deaths of two people
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A suspect in a double-murder has been found on a canal barge in west London with life-threatening injuries, police say.
Lee Peacock has been at the centre of a Met Police man-hunt after two bodies were found at separate addresses in Westminster, central London.
The force says it is “confident” the man found injured on a canal barge in Ealing shortly before 6pm Wednesday is 49-year-old Peacock.
Police probing the stabbing deaths of Sharon Pickles, 45, and Clinton Ashmore, 59, recently issued CCTV showing the suspect Peacock, who officers were trying to trace as part of their investigation, at North Wembley station on the evening of August 19.
The Met’s statement said: “Shortly before 17:55hrs on Wednesday, 25 August, officers visited a canal barge in the vicinity of Ferrymead Avenue, Ealing as part of an ongoing investigation.
“Inside they found a man who officers are confident is 49-year-old Lee Peacock. He has previously been named as a person they were keen to locate in connection with an investigation into the murder of two people in Westminster on Thursday, 19 August.
“The man has sustained serious injuries, which at this stage it is believed were self-inflicted. London Ambulance Service paramedics and the London Air Ambulance were called.
“The man has been transported to hospital where his condition is believed to be life threatening.”
A massive police response to the incident caused traffic chaos in the Northolt Hills area on Wednesday evening.
Officers appealing for sightings of Peacock had urged the public not to approach him.
The Met had offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in relation to the pair’s deaths.
Detectives issued an appeal on Friday for information about Peacock, who they wanted to locate and speak to about the murders.
The Met said both of the victims had died from a stab wound to the neck and the two incidents were being treated as linked.
The Met said the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed after the suspect was found injured.
The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have indicated that they will be conducting an independent investigation.