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Northolt ‘stabbing’: Man wanted for questioning over double Westminster murders found with ‘self inflicted’ injuries in canal barge

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A man detectives wanted to speak to in connection with a double murder investigation has been found with ‘self inflicted’ injuries in West London.

Lee Peacock, 49, was found by police on a canal barge in the vicinity of Ferrymead Avenue in Ealing just before 6pm on Wednesday (August 25).

Police say they found Peacock with ‘serious injuries’ which they believe are ‘self inflicted’.

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London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance were both called and he was rushed to hospital where his condition is understood to be life-threatening.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed and the incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have indicated that they will be conducting an independent investigation.

On Thursday (August 19) evening the body of Sharon Pickles, 45, was discovered at a property on Ashbridge Street in Westminster.

The body of Clinton Ashmore, 58, was discovered just a few hours later in the early hours of Friday (August 20) morning just a few hundred meters away on Jerome Crescent.

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Footage of Lee Peacock at North Wembley station

Both had suffered fatal knife wounds and were pronounced dead where they were found.

Peacock was identified as a person of interest in the alleged murders, and police previously said they believe he may have crucial information about what happened.

Police were also offering £20,000 for anyone who could provide information leading to the conviction of whoever was responsible for the murders.

Detective superintendent Luke Marks, of the Specialist Crime command said last week: “”I believe Lee could have important information about the deaths of two people whose bodies were found at two properties in Westminster on the 19 and 20 of August.”

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DSU Marks added: “At this early stage we are retaining an open mind concerning motive, but we are treating these crimes as linked.

“I know this will cause concern among the community but I would like to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers who are tasked with finding Lee. And once again I would like to appeal for anyone who sees him to call 999.”

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