Screenshot 2019 12 27 at 16.47.26 2
Screenshot 2019 12 27 at 16.47.26 2

First Picture of Thornton Heath fatal stab victim John Kennett

Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Thornton Heath have named the victim as 60-year-old John Kennett.

Police were called at approximately 9.30pm on Monday, 23 December to reports of a stabbing in Woodcroft Road, Thornton Heath.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. Mr Kennett was found outside a residential address suffering from stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.49pm.

A homicide investigation has been launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding.

A 50-year-old man  was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken into custody. While in custody he became unwell and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A 41-year-old man  was arrested on suspicion of murder on the evening of Thursday, 26 December. He remains in custody at a south London police station.

DCI Harding said: “The victim was found injured in a residential street. While it is not a heavy footfall location, there may have been members of the public travelling through Woodcroft Road who saw something. I urge those people to come forward and speak to my officers without delay.

“No matter how insignificant you think it may be please do make the call. We are building the sequence of events leading up to and immediately following this attack which has led to a man’s death, your call could complete the picture.”

Police believe the victim and suspect were known to each other.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101, direct to the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.