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Lewis Blackman: Five teenage boys arrested on suspicion of murder

Detectives say 'significant progress' made and appealed for fresh witnesses to come forward

27 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Lewis Blackman

FIVE teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering former Acland Burghley pupil Lewis Blackman.

The lead detective said the investigation had made “significant progress” but stressed the Met’s enquiries are still “ongoing” and appealed for fresh witnesses. 

The arrested boys – all aged 17 and 16 years old, and from north and east London – are in police custody today (Tuesday) nine days after 19 year old Lewis died in Earls Court, west London.

Despite “extensive efforts” by police to revive him, he was pronounced dead at 3.46am on February 18. The cause of death is stab wounds to the chest. 

Detective chief inspector Mark Cranwell said: “My team have made five arrests this morning and, while this represents significant progress, this remains an ongoing investigation.

Our enquiries have established that Lewis may have attended a party at an address in Earls Court Road at the junction with Logan Place. Were you at that party? Did you take any pictures or film while you were there? If so, please get in contact with police.

I would also appeal to anyone who was in the area from around 2am that morning, specifically motorists or cyclists, who may have dashcam or helmet cam footage. This could help us establish the exact sequence of events leading up to Lewis’s murder.

Finally, I would ask any cab drivers who made any drops or pickups from the area around Logan Place and Earls Court Road during the early hours of 18 February to come forward with any information that could assist this investigation.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact detectives at Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command on 020 8721 4054 or call police on 101/ tweet @MetCC quoting ref 1177/18 FEB.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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