Reward of £20,000 offered by police investigating two Westminster knife murders

Reward of £20,000 offered by police investigating two Westminster knife murders

Detectives investigating a double-knifing in London are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Police are probing the stabbing deaths of Sharon Pickles, 45, and Clinton Ashmore, 59, in Marylebone, Westminster.

The force issued CCTV showing Lee Peacock, who was seen at North Wembley station on the evening of August 19.

Officers are appealing for sightings of Peacock and are urging the public not to approach him.

The same evening, at 9.30pm, police were called to an address in Ashbridge Street, Westminster, where Ms Pickles was pronounced dead.

At 2.15am on Friday, Clinton Ashmore, 59, was pronounced dead at an address in nearby Jerome Crescent.

The Metropolitan Police are urging members of the public not to approach Peacock.

The force said both Ms Pickles and Mr Ashmore had died from a stab wound to their necks, and the two incidents are being treated as linked.

Detectives issued an appeal on Friday for information about 49-year-old Peacock, who they wanted to locate and speak to about the murders.

Police believe he knew both Ms Pickles and Mr Ashmore.

Now, the Met is offering a £20,000 reward to anyone who provides any information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for the killings.

Detective Superintendent Luke Marks, from the force’s Specialist Crime Command said “I am asking anybody who sees Lee to call us immediately on 999.

“I would urge members of the public not to approach him, but instead to call police as soon as possible.

“I believe Lee could have important information about the deaths of two people whose bodies were found at two properties in Westminster on the 19 and 20 of August.”

DSU Marks added that officers were “retaining an open mind concerning motive”, but they believed Peacock “could have important information about the deaths”.

“I know this will cause concern among the community but I would like to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers who are tasked with finding Lee,” he added.

“And once again I would like to appeal for anyone who sees him to call 999.

“We are also offering a £20,000 reward for any information leading to the conviction of the individual responsible for these murders.”

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