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Update on Murder in Academy Road Sunday 15th March 2020

Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in Greenwich have made an arrest.

Police were called at 15:28hrs on Sunday 15 March to Academy Road, junction with Shooters Hill, Woolwich, to reports of a man with stab injuries.

Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service and found the 18-year-old victim in the Woolwich Common area.

Despite the efforts of passers-by, police and paramedics, the man died at the scene.

Next of kin have been identified, however we await formal identification.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held at Greenwich Mortuary on Tuesday 17 March.

Officers from Specialist Crime South are investigating under DCI Richard Leonard.

This afternoon, Monday 16 March, officers arrested an 18-year-old man in the Thamesmead area on suspicion of murder. He was taken into custody at a south London police station where he remains.

Whilst inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident, we know there was a collision between a white car and a motorbike being ridden by the victim. As a result, the victim came off his bike and the suspect exited the vehicle and stabbed him. At this stage officers believe both parties were known to each other.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information, video or images that could assist police, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4622.

Reducing violent crime on the streets of London continues to be the Met’s top priority. We are working tirelessly - day and night – to take weapons off the street, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe.

The public also play a huge role. We need to hear from anyone who has information about a crime, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

Advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and www.met.police.uk/stopknifecrime

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