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CHRISTMAS EVE MURDERS: Teen held over woman's murder after injured man dies in Cardiff

A TEENAGER has been charged following the death of a woman in Bermondsey.

Police were called at 10:03pm on Sunday, 24 December to reports of a 22-year-old woman with a stab injury at a residential property in Spenlow House in Jamaica Road, SE16.

Officers attended along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance.

They provided emergency first aid to the woman, however she died at the scene.

Urgent enquiries were carried out and a 16-year-old boy, who is known to the victim, was arrested nearby a short time later on suspicion of murder.

The teenager was later charged with the murder and was due to appear in custody on Thursday, 28 December at Croydon Magistrates’ Court, when the case was adjourned.

The victim has now been named by officers as Kacey Clarke. Her family are aware and continue to be supported by specially trained officers. They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a single sharp force trauma to the chest.

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5855/24Dec. Information can also be shared online.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, local policing commander for Southwark, said: "This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the woman's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

"We recognise this will also have an impact on the wider community and we will have additional patrols in the area over the coming days to provide reassurance."

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie added: "Our investigation continues and a team of detectives are working at pace to establish the circumstances that resulted in a young woman losing her life. My thoughts, and those of my team, are with her family and friends at this awful time.

"One person has been arrested, however we still need to hear from anyone who was in the Spenlow House area between 7pm and 11pm on Christmas Eve and may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

"I would urge anyone with any information that may be relevant to our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may have seemed at the time, to come forward immediately."

Earlier the same day South Wales Police launched an unconnected murder inquiry after William Bush, 23, was found injured.

Armed police were sent to the Llandaff area at about 11:30am and officers closed roads and a car park.

South Wales Police announced late on Christmas Eve that another man, also 23, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dylan Thomas, 23, from Llandaff, was later charged with murder and is remanded in custody, South Wales Police said.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on 2 January.

Police said it was viewed as an isolated incident and nobody else was being sought.

Formal identification of the man who died has not yet taken place.

But police said his next of kin had been informed and were being supported by specialist officers.

Police had said earlier that armed officers were deployed as a precaution to the incident on Chapel Street.

People going to a service in Llandaff Cathedral during the day were advised that their travel plans could be affected by the police investigation.

The cathedral posted on Facebook: "To all those attending our service of nine lessons and carols this afternoon the Llandaff High Street car park is closed due to an ongoing police incident.

"Please factor this into your travel and parking plans.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved."


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