Arrest Made in Wandsworth Murder Case

Police chief reassures residents of Henry Prince Estate

An arrest has been made by detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Wandsworth. Early this morning (Friday 15 August) police detained a 24 year old man on suspicion of murder.

Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service to St. John's Drive, at 8.49pm Wednesday evening (13 August) after Nicholas Stewart, 25, had been found suffering from serious stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Stewart's mother paid tribute to her "kindhearted" son who she described as a "devoted father" to his five year old daughter who lives in Clapham with her mother.

A post mortem revealed the cause of death to be stab wounds to the leg and chest.

Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Smith said, "We recognise and understand the distress and shock that crimes like this cause and we understand that residents of the Henry Prince Estate will want to see their local police being visible and available to answer their questions, and deal with their concerns.

"At present we have a dedicated local policing team who have increased foot patrols in the area to provide reassurance and presence.

"We are working closely with detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Directorate to establish the facts and bring those who committed this crime before the courts. We understand that the individuals involved and the deceased victim were known to each other, and we are currently supporting the families of those concerned throughout this difficult time.

"Whilst the inquiry team are undertaking a meticulous search of the area we are appealing to those who were present to come forward and help provide vital information. We understand that at least twenty people may have witnessed the events, but they soon fled the area perhaps in fear or in shock. I want to stress the importance in doing the right thing in coming forward - all calls will be taken in the utmost confidence.

Detectives from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating. An incident room has now opened under the command of A/DCI Mick Norman.

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to call police on 020 872 14961 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


August 15, 2014

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