Shocked residents on a quiet Woolwich street expressed their ‘fear’ today as they described waking up to a murder scene on Thursday morning (October 21).
A man in his 20s was fatally stabbed next to a nursery before 7:48am yesterday on Sandy Hill Road, Plumstead, however residents seem to have been blissfully unaware of the incident.
Cops are still hunting the killer, who residents believe used a nearby alleyway on Sandy Hill Avenue to escape.
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Forensics attended the crime scene at 108B before police tape was finally removed at 1:45pm this afternoon, flowers were left as a tribute to the unnamed victim.
(Image: Callum Cuddeford)
Residents in the area all agreed that it was frightening, but there were mixed opinions on what the killing said about the safety of their street.
Student Joseph Omatola, 24, said: “It was scary to wake up in a crime scene.
“I have probably seen them a lot around London but it’s different when it’s outside your house.
“But I guess the police have done their best to de-escalate the whole situation and make people feel safe.”
Henry Roberts said: “It was particularly awkward for us because my wife has just passed away, and I have a disabled son so I could not get the car out.
Anne Cameron, 56, said she was sleeping at the time, which was good or she might have got involved and ended up dead.
She added: “Unfortunately it’s quite expected these days.
“This day and age it’s not really a surprise anymore, it should be but it’s not.”
(Image: Callum Cuddeford)
This comes after another day of violence in South London with police arresting a man suspected of shooting dead another man in his 20s in Brixton this morning.
Police are encouraging any witnesses to come forward, or anyone who can provide any information.
DCI Richard Leonard said: “Sandy Hill Road is a residential area and I would ask anyone who was in that area early on Thursday morning to get in touch with us if you saw anything unusual or out of place.
“Similarly, please check any doorbell or dashcam footage in case you have captured something that could prove useful for our investigation. No piece of information is too small.”
Greenwich Police DCS Trevor Lawry said: “My thoughts are first and foremost with the victim’s family who are now having to come to terms with losing their loved one.
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“We understand the shock this will cause in the community and we are here to listen to your concerns.”
The man’s next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specialist officers.
No arrests have been made at this stage.
The Met urged anyone with information to call the incident room on 0208 721 4622, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
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