Man charged over murder of pensioner in Lewisham

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<p>Police tape</p> (PA Archive)

Police tape

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A man has been charged with the murder of a 74-year-old in Lewisham.

Christopher Martin was stabbed to death on May 28.

Police were called at 4.55am to an address in Wild Goose Drive, following reports of "concerns for the welfare of an occupant".

They found Mr Martin who was suffering from knife injuries at the scene and he was pronounced dead a short time after.

James Forde, 23, was charged with Mr Martin’s murder on Sunday, May 30 and appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, June 3.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are still investigating and it is believed the victim and suspect were known to each other.

Mr Forde will next appear at the same court on Thursday, August 19.

Four hours prior to Mr Martin’s murder, a young man was shot dead outside a north London Tube station.

The victim, in his 20s, collapsed at a bus stop opposite Turnpike Lane station around 1.10am.

Local residents told how they heard a “bang” followed by screaming and shouting.

An eyewitness said: “Paramedics came and were trying to save him. His mum came to the scene. She was wailing — it was horrific.”

Just before 10pm on Thursday, a woman in her 40s was also stabbed to death in south London.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance at a residential address on Park Road, Cheam.

A man known to her was detained nearby after the first call to police.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains at a south London police station.

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