London crime: Four dead after shooting, double murder and woman’s body found in canal in tragic weekend

Four people have died following a weekend of violence and worrying incidents in London.

The Metropolitan Police have launched two murder inquiries since Friday as officers were called to a slew of knife and gun incidents.

Below we round up all the major incidents we are aware of from the weekend and what we know so far on each of them.

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Friday – Man, 20, dies after double shooting

Otas Sarkus, 20, died of his injuries on Friday afternoon

A man left fighting for his life after a shooting in a residential area in East London has since died of his injuries, police have confirmed.

The man, now named as 20-year-old Otas Sarkas, was found by emergency services on Raymond Road, in the Upton Park area of Newham, around 11pm on Wednesday (August 18).

He was suffering from gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Sadly after a two day fight Otas died of his injuries at 2.27pm on Friday (August 20).

His family are being supported by specialist police officers and a post-mortem is expected to take place soon.

A murder investigation has also been launched by police and no arrests have been made yet.

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Friday – 2 bodies found at homes in Westminster

Sharon Pickles (left) and Clinton Ashmore (right)

Police launched a murder investigation after two bodies were found at separate addresses just a few hundred metres apart 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.

Lee Peacock

Have you seen this man? Police want to speak to Lee Peacock

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.

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Friday – 18-year-old rushed to hospital after North London stabbing

A boy, 17, has been arrested after an 18-year-old was rushed to hospital with stab wounds in North London.

The incident took place on Corinne Road, Tufnell Park on Friday evening (August 20) at around 8pm, after locals witnessed a man with a knife in the street.

Police were called to the scene following the reports and found a teenager had been stabbed.

An ambulance was called which immediately rushed the young man to hospital.

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Saturday – Thug hunted who knocked Jewish man, 64, unconscious

Police are urging anyone who knows this man or recognises him to come forward

Police have released a photo of a man officers want to speak to in connection with a vicious attack against a Jewish man on his way to a synagogue in Stamford Hill on August 18.

The hate crime which occurred at 8.30pm left the 64-year-old man unconscious on the street after being punched so hard he slammed into a wall.

The man suffered facial injuries and broke a bone in his foot after falling to the ground after the random attack at the junction with Colberg Road. He was taken to hospital for treatment and was later discharged.

In footage shared on social media, a thug can be seen punching the victim before walking off.

The image released by the police is of a man crossing a road in front of a London bus. Officers want to speak to the individual in connection with the incident.

The assault is being treated as a hate crime and a spokesperson for the police encouraged people to come forward if they recognise the man.

You can read more here.

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Sunday – Woman found dead in Grand Union Canal

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Police attended the scene in Southall on Burket Close

A woman has been found dead after police were called to reports of a body in the Grand Union Canal by Burket Close in Southall on Sunday afternoon (August 22).

London Ambulance Service also attended the tragedy in West London at 3.22pm.

The road off Norwood Road was cordoned off and the woman was pronounced dead almost an hour later at 4.13pm.

Photos from the scene show at least three police cars at the scene, a cordon in place and officers standing guard.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

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