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Men arrested over ‘homophobic’ murder in south-east London

Jessica Geen March 6, 2009

Two men have been arrested over the murder of a gay man in Bromley, south-east London.

Police confirmed that a 59-year-old man and a 46-year-old man have been questioned over the attack.

The younger man is remaining in custody while the older man has been bailed to return in early April.

Fifty-nine-year-old Gerry Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene from stab wounds at the flat in Page Heath Villas, off Bickley Road, at around 8pm on Tuesday night.

His partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan, was taken to hospital with stab wounds and remains in a critical condition.

At a press conference yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Lyons said that the incident was being treated as a possible homophobic attack.

He said: “A man came to the premises, it would appear, and from the information given by one of the surviving victims it was a homophobic attack.

“That is a line of inquiry that we are pursuing.”

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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