Man arrested after four people stabbed to death in London

Metropolitan Police officers found four people suffering stab injuries at a residential address in Southwark

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Police were called at about 1.40am on Monday, 25 April to reports of a disturbance at a residential address on Delaford Road, SE16.

Officers attended and forced entry. Inside, they found four people suffering what are believed to be stab injuries.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, all four people – three women and a man - were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, south-east London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday
Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, south-east London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday
Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, south-east London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday
Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, south-east London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday

Officers are in the process of contacting next of kin. Post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

Detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating.It is thought that all five people were known to each other. Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances.

The middle section of Delaford Road in Bermondsey, where police found four people with fatal stab injuries in the early hours of Monday, is blocked off with metal fencing.

Several uniformed officers can be seen within the cordon on the residential street, where three white forensic tents have also been erected.

Bermondsey resident Anne Birkett, 60, whose back bedroom looks onto the property where four people were found with fatal stab wounds in the early hours of Monday, said she was woken by police sirens and a circling helicopter just before 2am.

She said the street was filled with flashing lights, but she and her husband did not go outside their house or see anything further.

Ms Birkett told the PA news agency: “It’s devastating, you hear all of this but you never assume it’s going to be right on your own doorstep.

“I’m a foster carer and I’ve got children in my care. and now I’ve got to protect them now because of what’s happened”.

She said there are several primary schools in the residential area near the scene on Delaford Road.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am heartbroken that three women and a man were killed last night in a devastating incident at an address in Southwark.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones in this awful crime.

“I am in contact with the leadership of the Metropolitan Police. An investigation is underway and one man has been arrested. I urge anyone who has information that could be relevant to contact the police immediately.”