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Renewed appeal for witnesses following Southwark murder

News   •   May 07, 2018 05:00 BST

[Victim: Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton]

Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses and information following a fatal shooting in Southwark.

Police were initially called at approximately 18:05hrs on Saturday, 5 May to reports of gunshots heard on Cooks Road in Kennington. Officers, including firearms officers, attended.

A 17-year-old boy was found nearby on Warham Street suffering from a gunshot injury. The London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance provided first aid at the scene. He was pronounced dead at 18:56hrs.

Formal identification took place on Wednesday, 9 May. The victim has been named as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton.

A post-mortem examination held on Monday, 7 May gave the cause of death as a gun shot wound.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the investigation and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

To date there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Messinger, who is in charge of policing in Southwark, issued a fresh appeal for information while speaking outside Peckham Police Station in Southwark on the evening of Sunday, 6 May - 24 hours on from the tragic events that led to Rhyhiem losing his life.

DCS Simon Messinger, said: "My thoughts are with Rhyhiem's family, friends and the wider community at this devastating time. Our homicide team are carrying out an investigation to catch the people responsible. This investigation is fast paced and progressing all the time. We are urging anyone who can assist us or any witnesses who have not yet come forward to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Alternatively they can ring 101 quoting reference cad 6414/5May.

"The violence used has rightly caused concern and we are doing all we can to address this. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, additional officers are on the streets across the capital, working hard to keep London safe. They are using highly visible local patrols supported by armed response, traffic motorcycles, dog units, and air support - alongside plain clothes intelligence-led operations.

"Locally we are also employing intelligence-led search powers under Section 60 - my colleagues on the streets are using this power really effectively, seizing knives, stopping cars of individuals carrying weapons and making arrests.

"Furthermore, we have been working with our partners and the local authority, speaking regularly with community leaders to brief them on our response.

"Violence has no place on our streets. If you are carrying a weapon in Southwark linked to gang activity, you need to know that we can and will take action against you.

"I want the community to help us tackle this problem. As a father, community member and a police officer, I will do absolutely all I can to keep young people and the wider community safe. We can only achieve this if we work together."