29-year-old dies of stab to the heart in Peckham

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Homicide detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed on Friday evening in Peckham, south-east London

Police were alerted to the incident in Peckham Rye Park and Common on Friday, 30 December, at 20:24hrs.

Officers, London Ambulance Service, and London's Air Ambulance attended and found a 29-year-old man stabbed near the cafe off Straker's Road.

Despite the best effort, he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 21:00hrs.

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A post-mortem examination on Saturday, 31 December, showed that the victim died of hemorrhage and a stab wound to the heart.

A crime scene remains in place covering the park as the investigation continues.

The victim's identity is unknown to the public at this time. However, the police have informed his next of kin and will be supported by specialist officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met's Specialist Crime Command, said:"My thoughts are with the family of the man who has been killed. We will provide them with every possible support.

"The investigation is in its early stages, and as yet, no arrests have been made. We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry as we piece together what happened on Friday evening.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around the park, particularly in the area near the café and playground, at about 20:00hrs.

"We would also like to hear from anyone else with information about this attack. I know it can be daunting to come forward, but the insight you may be able to offer could be crucial in identifying the person or people responsible."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about what happened is asked to call 101 with reference 6165/30DEC.

Information can also be provided to the independent charityCrimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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