Police name New Cross murder victim

Police cordon at the crime scene Photo: Tine Hvidsten

The Metropolitan Police have named the 21-year-old man found murdered in Ludwick Mews on the Woodpecker estate in New Cross on Monday night. He was Nathan Allen from nearby Desmond Street. 

The police say a post-mortem examination found he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Mr Allen was known to his friends and family as Mace.

Emergency services were called to the garden of a house in the Mews just after 9 pm on Monday, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.41 pm with reports of a gunshot wound to the head.  The Met Police opened an incident room under Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Allison from the Trident unit, which specialises in gun crime.

DCI Allison said:

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have information in relation to this murder or who may have seen anything at the time. Trident is working closely with local borough police and the local community to ensure we follow every lead to identify the suspects in this crime.”

The murder inquiry team advise that anyone with information that could assist them should call the incident room on 020 8247 4554. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

On Tuesday morning, a large area surrounding the crime scene was cornered off by police. This attack was the second shooting to take place in the residential cul-de-sac in less than a year.

In July of last year, 24-year-old Nathan Williams was shot dead in his car on the same road.

No-one has been charged with his killing. A 25-year-old man questioned by detectives was released from bail last Tuesday.

A third murder was committed in Ludwick Mews four years ago when Jason Gayle-Bent, 29, was stabbed to death outside his home.


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