Some of you have been in touch about a murder that was apparently committed on Askew Road last night. Details still sketchy and the mainstream local press have not picked it up yet, but the Police have closed the road and are conducting inquiries.
Unconfirmed reports, and I stress this is what people are saying on the streets rather than factual reports from the Police, are that a man in a house which was being used as a crack den was stabbed to death with a screwdriver.
A reader wrote in to say: "Askew Road is closed on a short stretch from Starfield Road to Bassein Park Road and back to the old Sun pub. Policemen on duty don't know whether doctors surgery is open, or how to get round the road block. You can go round Wendell Park, or cut through via Landor Walk".
1100 UPDATE - Police have released this short statement:
Inquiries are underway after a death in Shepherds Bush. " A man was found collapsed in Askew Road W12 at 1pms on Wednesday June 9. He had been stabbed. " The man - thought to be in his 20s - was taken by ambulance to a west London hospital where life was pronounced extinct shortly after arrival. "A post-mortem will be scheduled in due course."
1200 UPDATE: Police have confirmed that they will be setting up an incident room in the vicinity later today under detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.
1600 UPDATE: Four people have been arrested in relation to the murder, three men and one woman who are now in custody at more than one police station across west London.
1630 UPDATE: The Metropolitan Police have just released this advisory notice to government officials and other public services. I have obtained a copy, it's just the bare bones but in the spirit of keeping you up to date:
A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man inShepherds Bush early this morning.
A 29-year old man was found collapsed in Askew Road, W12 at 01:00hrs onWednesday 9 June. He had been stabbed. The man was taken by ambulance to a west London hospital where life waspronounced extinct shortly after arrival.
We believe we know the identity of the man. Next of kin have beeninformed.
A post-mortem examination will take place tomorrow, Thursday 10 June, at Fulham Mortuary.
An Inquest will be opened in due course. An incident room has been opened under DCI Howard Groves from theHomicide and Serious Crime Command. Officers arrested four people this morning - three men and one woman -in connection with the investigation.
1750 UPDATE: Police have confirmed that no murder weapn has been found and that the victim was 28 years old. Further details of the people arrested are: three men (A 57-years-old,B 37-years-old, C 31-years-old) and one woman (D 42-years-old) inconnection with the investigation. No further details at this time.