Police make more arrests over the murder of Charlie Bartolo and Keane Solanke in Greenwich

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Police have arrested two more people over the death of Charlie Bartolo and Keane Solanke in Greenwich.

The detectives arrested a 16-year-old on Tuesday morning and a 15-year-old boy on the same evening, 29 November, on suspicion of murders. They remain in custody.

A 16-year-old was initially arrested on Sunday, 27 November, on suspicion of both murders but has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

He is next due back to a south London Police in February 2023.

Kearne Solanke and Charlie Bartolo
Kearne Solanke and Charlie Bartolo

Police were called to Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, on Saturday, 26 November at around 17:10hrs to report two people injured.

Officers and London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended and found a 16-year-old Charlie Bartolo with Stab wounds.

Kearne Solake, also 16, was discovered on Titmuss Avenue with stab wounds.

Despite best efforts, both boys were pronounced dead.

Secialist officers continue to support their families, and investigators ask for the family's privacy to be respected during this difficult time.

Post-mortem examinations commenced on Monday, 28 November, and continued today.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, from the Met's Specialist Crime Command, said:"My officers are working around the clock to establish the circumstances of these senseless murders and to find those responsible.

"We remain in close contact with the families of Kearne and Charlie and are keeping them updated with developments as the investigation progresses. We are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, and at this time, I am keeping an open mind about any motive.

"We've now set up a facility that allows members of the public to send information and related material direct to the investigation team so that we can carry out a quick time assessment. The arrests are a positive development, but we continue to work to understand the events that unfolded on Saturday evening.

"I am grateful for the information we have received already – we can only solve these tragic crimes in part thanks to the vital information which comes in from the public. We are aware of information that has been posted online referring to the murders but would appeal specifically to anyone in the area that night who believes they witnessed something of relevance to please come forward and speak to us. Information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers if you don't feel confident speaking to the Police directly.

"We continue to appeal to those who may have seen a black Nissan Qashqai with silver roof bars in the areas around Sewell Road or Titmuss Avenue in the days and hours before the murders. We have the vehicle in our possession, but are still interested in witnesses who may have seen it being driven locally. Information you provide could help us bring justice for these young boys and their families."

Detective Superintendent Richard McDonagh, from the South East Command Unit, spoke of his anguish and outrage over the murders and called on the local community to help. He said:"Police are investigating the tragic murders of two teenage boys, and my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with their families and friends - and indeed with local people in Abbey Wood and Thamesmead who I know are shocked and appalled by what has happened.

"As the Deputy Borough Commander of the Met's South East Command Unit, I join them in being deeply saddened and outraged by these senseless murders.

"I can assure everyone affected by these murders that skilled detectives will work tirelessly to discover what happened and provide answers to the young victims' families.

"Tackling violence is a priority for the Met. Incidents like those we saw on Saturday reinforce why that work is so important, and why I must again ask all of London's communities to work with us, and our partners, so that we are doing all that we can together to prevent such tragedies."

Anyone with information that could assist can share it directly with the investigation team on thisdedicated webpage.

Alternatively, call 101 quoting reference 4943/26NOV. To remain anonymous, contact the independent charityCrimestopperson 0800 555 111.

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