13 Year Old Boy, Held On Suspicion Of South London Murder

By Deborah Ayoade

Police were called to Sydenham, south east London on Saturday 31st May, after receiving reports of a fight that broke out between a group of youths in Wells Park Road, Sydenham.

Police and Paramedics arrived at the scene to find an 18-year-old casualty, known locally as James Hunter, who was later pronounced dead at the scene after failed attempt by the paramedics to save his life. A second teenager aged 17 who also sustained an injury during the fight has been taken to a South London Hospital and remains in a stable condition.

18 year old murder victim, James Hunter

18 year old murder victim, James Hunter

Three teenage boys, one aged 15 and two aged 13 are in police custody and are currently being questioned on suspicion of murder. While another 17 year old was arrested for suspicion of assault. Offers on the case are yet to know if the attack was gang related, when asked a spokesman from Scotland Yard said: “It remains a line of inquiry, but we are still at an early stage of the investigation.”

Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor, the lead investigating officer assigned to this case urged anyone who witness or has information about the attack to come forward, he said: “Many people would have witnessed the attack as well as the aftermath.” I would urge those people to contact officers so that we can piece together the events that led up to this murder.”

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 0208 721 4868 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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