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Murder investigation launched after gay couple attacked

PinkNews Staff Writer March 4, 2009

Police in London have begun a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in Bromley yesterday.

Officers were called after reports of an assault in a flat in a converted house in Page Heath Villas, off Bickley Road, Bromley at around 8pm.

On arrival police discovered a 59-year-old man suffering from stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second man, aged in his 50s, was found suffering from stab wounds at the address.

He was taken to a south London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Police said they believe the men were partners and lived at the address.

“We believe we know the identity of the deceased but we await formal ID and for all his next of kin to be notified,” a spokesman told

“A post mortem will be arranged in due course.”

The investigation is being led by the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, based at Lewisham.

DCI Cliff Lyons said:

“The location of the murder is near a busy road in the borough of Bromley.

“It is largely residential and I would have expected there would still be traffic either going past or from residents arriving home.

“Police are keen to trace a white man, possibly in his 40s, who may have been in the area at the time. At this stage I do not know if he is a witness or a suspect.

“We are keeping an open mind regarding a motive for the attack. We have found no evidence of a break in and we are not ruling out that it may have been a homophobic attack.

“I want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

“Did you see a man running away or a car leaving the scene which may have drawn your attention?”

Anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

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