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Two boys, both 16, stabbed to death around a mile apart in southeast London

Two 16-year-old boys have been stabbed to death in two locations around a mile apart in southeast London, police have said.

Detectives are investigating whether there is a link between the two killings which are believed to have happened at around the same time.

Officers were called at around 5.10pm on Saturday to reports of people injured in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead.

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A forensics officer in Titmuss Avenue. Pic: UK News In Pictures
GVs of separate murder scenes in southeast London. This one is in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead. Credit: UK News In Pictures
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Pic: UK News In Pictures

At each scene they found a 16-year-old who had been stabbed.

Both youths were later pronounced dead.

GVs of separate murder scenes in southeast London. This shot is in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead. Credit: UK News In Pictures
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Police are seeking to establish whether the two killings are linked. Pic: UK News In Pictures

A murder investigation into the deaths is under way.

Given the proximity in time and distance of the incidents, officers are trying to establish any link between the two deaths, the Metropolitan Police said.

Crime scenes are in place at both locations and a Section 60 order, providing officers with additional search powers, is in place until 8am on Sunday.

Murder scene in Sewell Road in Abbey Wood southeast London. Pic: UK News In Pictures
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Flowers and candles left at the murder scene in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood. Pic: UK News In Pictures

The two boys’ next of kin will be provided with support by specialist officers, police said.

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