Police name man stabbed to death in Peckham Rye Park amid hunt for two suspects on bikes

Police have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Peckham Rye Park on Friday as 29-year-old Kalabe Legesse.

Mr Legesse was stabbed to death as he was sitting “minding his own business” close to the park’s cafe off Strakers Road on the evening of Friday, December 30.

Officers said Tuesday they were hunting for two suspects riding pedal bikes who fled the scene towards Peckham Rye after the “brutal and senseless attack”.

A post-mortem found the cause of his death to be a haemorrhage and a stab wound to the heart. His next-of-kin have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Kalabe's family and friends have been left devastated by his death, which occurred after a brutal and senseless attack when he was simply sitting in the park, minding his own business.

“We have been working tirelessly to identify those responsible and are keen to hear from anyone who was in or around the park, particularly in the area near the café and playground, at about 20:00hrs.

“At this early stage in the investigation we believe we are looking for 2 suspects riding pedal bikes, who fled the scene towards Peckham Rye.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about what happened, is asked to call 101 with the reference 6165/30DEC.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.