The victims of a double murder at two separate addresses in Westminster were both stabbed in the neck, police said today, as officers stepped up their ‘urgent’ hunt for a 49-year-old man.
Scotland Yard believes the murders of 59-year-old Clinton Ashmore and 45-year-old Sharon Pickles were linked.
Officers were called at 9.30pm last Thursday to a flat in Ashbridge Street where they found the body of Ms Pickles.
Scotland Yard believes the murders of 59-year-old Clinton Ashmore (left) and 45-year-old Sharon Pickles (right) were linked
At 2.15am on Friday police were called to an address in nearby Jerome Crescent after reports of a stabbing. There they Mr Ashmore’s body.
The Met said in a statement the two incidents were being treated as linked and both died from a stab wound to the neck.
Detectives have issued an ‘urgent’ appeal for information about 49-year-old Lee Peacock who they wanted to locate and speak to about the murders.
Police believe he knew both Ms Pickles and Mr Ashmore. The Met asks anyone who sees Peacock to phone 999 but not approach him.
Scotland Yard said of the two victims: ‘Their families have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.’
On Friday, detectives issued an ‘urgent’ appeal for information about 49-year-old Lee Peacock (pic) who they wanted to locate and speak to about the murders.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘Firstly my thoughts are with the families of Sharon and Clinton. This is a shocking crime and we will not rest until we bring the person or persons responsible to justice.
‘Key to that is finding Lee Peacock. We believe he knew both victims and urgently need to locate him to talk to him about their murders.
‘We have a team of detectives working around the clock to find him, but so far they have been unable to locate him.
‘I would urge anybody who knows his whereabouts to contact police immediately by calling 999.
‘If seen, we would urge the public not to approach him, but to contact police as soon as possible.’
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
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