Police Launch Murder Investigation After Two Bodies Found In Westminster

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  • Police are looking for 49-year-old Lee Peacock for questioning.

Police have launched a murder investigation after two bodies were found at separate addresses in Westminster.

Investigators are looking for Lee Peacock, 49, as part of the investigations. 

Anyone in contact with the suspect is advised to call the police immediately.

Detective Superintendent Luke Marks, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: “I am appealing today for information about the whereabouts of 49-year-old Lee Peacock, who we need to speak to urgently about the murders of two people in Westminster.

“Officers have been working round the clock to track him down and I am asking anybody who sees Lee to call us immediately on 999. I would urge members of the public not to approach him, but instead to call the police as soon as possible.

“I believe Lee could have important information about the deaths of two people whose bodies were found at two properties in Westminster on the 19th and 20th of August.

Emergency services were called to Ashbridge Street in Westminster just after 9.30 pm on 19 Thursday after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of people inside the property.

A woman, 45, with knife injury was found and pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin is being searched as formal identification awaits.

On Friday at about 02:15hrs, 20 August, the London Ambulance Service informed the police of a man with a knife injury at an address in Jerome Crescent. 

Police found a 59-year-old man dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been notified and being supported by specialist officers as formal identification awaits.

Post-mortem examinations will be scheduled in due course.

dent Luke Marks said, “At this early stage we are retaining an open mind concerning motive, but we are treating these crimes as linked.”

No arrest has been made. However, homicide investigation, led by Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, has begun.

DCI Jolley said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the families of the victims. We can only begin to imagine what they are going through.

“At this early stage, we are retaining an open mind concerning motive, but at this stage, we are treating these crimes as linked.

“We are very keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious around Ashbridge Street or Jerome Crescent overnight. No matter how small or insignificant you think your information might be, please do get in touch.”

Police commander for Westminster, Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, said: “We know that local residents will be shocked and troubled by this news.

“Crime scenes are in place in Ashbridge Street and Jerome Crescent, and additional police resources and patrols have been deployed throughout the area to provide local reassurance.

“Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to approach patrol officers. To pass on information, please call 101.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious should call 101, giving the reference 7227/19AUG.

Information can also be provided 100% anonymously to Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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