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UPDATED: Investigation continues into Lewisham murder

News   •   Sep 20, 2019 12:35 BST

Detectives continue to investigate after a man died following a fight in Lewisham.

Police were called at around 23:55hrs on Friday, 13 September, to a fight in a chicken shop in Downham Way, Grove Park. Officers attended and found two men suffering assault-related injuries.

Both were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.

The first man, formally identified as 34-year-old Omar Smith from Lewisham died in hospital on Saturday, 14 September. His next of kin have been informed.

A special post-mortem examination held on Sunday, 15 September at Greenwich Mortuary proved inconclusive and we await the results of further tests.

The second man injured, aged, 51 [A], was released from hospital following treatment and was arrested on suspicion of GBH. Two other men aged 40 [B] and 46 [C] were arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH.

All three were further arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to south London police stations. [B] has now been released under investigation and [A] and [C] have been bailed to a date in mid-October.

On 16 September, a 25-year-old man [D] was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has also been bailed to a date in mid-October.

Enquiries into the full circumstances continue.

The man fatally injured was not a worker at the chicken shop.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command have been informed and are working closely with police in Lewisham.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 9560/Sep13.

If you have information about this incident, or information about someone you suspect to be carrying a weapon and you do not want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website. It is 100 per cent anonymous. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call or IP address.

Any young people who have information about violence or knife crime can visit where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.