Murder inquiry launched after Downham stabbing

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One man has died, and a second sustained serious injuries, after being stabbed in Lewisham on Saturday night.

Police have launched a murder investigation following the incident, which took place in Downham Way, Downham, just before midnight on 17 July.

The victim, who has now been identified as Lenny Kempley, 54, of Edward Tyler Road, SE12, was taken to hospital by emergency services but died a short while later.

The second man involved, who is in his twenties, was taken to a different hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition. He has since been arrested.

The incident is believed to be isolated, with no suggestion of links to organised crime.

Three other men and a woman have been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident, but police are appealing for further information about Saturday’s events.

Detective Chief Inspector Damian Allain of Lewisham police said: “I believe the murder is linked to an altercation at the Downham Tavern pub in Downham earlier on Saturday night.”

“I need to hear from anyone who witnessed the altercation at the pub or the subsequent stabbings in Downham Way.”

If you know anything about the crime, you can call the police incident room on 020 8721 4805 – or, for anonymity, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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