UPDATED 22/01/2020: A 29-year-old man has been charged following the murder of three men in London last weekend, while another remains in police custody.Gurjeet Singh, of South Park Crescent in Ilford, has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and will appear at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court later on Wednesday
An investigation has been launched into the deaths of three men in Redbridge, all of whom had suffered apparent stab injuries. Two men, aged 29 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the horrific incident unfolded near Seven Kings station in Ilford, east London at around 7.30pm on Sunday.
The victims, believed to be aged 22, 26 and 34, were found slumped at the bottom of a pedestrian walkway in Elmstead Road near Seven Kings station, Ilford, just before 7.40pm yesterday.
One man was stabbed in the neck, shoulder and the chest, while another had been smashed in the head with a hammer, witnesses said.
One of the victims was named by his brother as 26-year-old Narinder Singh, a construction worker who lived in nearby Gants Hill, reports the Evening Standard.
Jasbal Singh described rushing to the scene in Salisbury Road after receiving a call to find his brother and the two other men collapsed on the ground.
He said: “I got a call saying my brother had been stabbed. I went there and just saw him laying there. There was blood everywhere. I shouted ‘Wake up, wake up’ but it was no good. I had lost him. He was a great brother and a popular guy with no enemies. I am devastated.”
Mr Singh said another of the victims was one of his best friends, Harinder Kumar. He said: “I have lost not only my brother but a best friend I lived with. I don’t know how this could have happened. We were so close, my heart is broken.”
He said: ‘The argument was all over money for unpaid work. That happens a lot around here because we have a lot of immigrants from India who work as builders.’
‘They started arguing and were very drunk. They had been drinking whisky for several hours. The row was all over some of the group being angry at the others over the fact that they had not been paid for a job.
‘The argument then continued. You could hear lots of screaming and shouting and then all hell broke loose with one of the men pulling out a knife and attacking the others.’
The attack took place outside Mr Palli’s double glazing business. He revealed that he had seen the men drinking earlier in the afternoon in the restaurant and heard them rowing.
At 1938hrs on Sunday 19 January, emergency services were called to a disturbance in Elmstead Road, Seven Kings.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found three men, aged in their 20s or 30s, suffering what appear to be stab injuries. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are in the process of establishing formal identification and informing all next of kin.
Post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course.
A thorough investigation is underway and crime scenes are in place in the area as officers begin a full forensic examination. This will continue into Monday and potentially beyond.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, Commander of the Met’s East Area BCU said:
“While enquiries into this tragic incident are at an early stage, this is likely to be a triple homicide investigation.
“We must retain an open mind as to any motive as we are in the early stages of establishing the full circumstances.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 6374/19jan or to remain anonymous call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
+ A Section 60 order has been authorised for the whole of Redbridge borough until 0800hrs on Monday, 20 January. If you have any concerns or information about violent crime in the area, please speak with police officers who will be conducting enhanced patrols in Seven Kings and across the borough.
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