A fourth person has been arrested over the stabbings of two 16-year-old boys in south east London.

Charlie Bartolo and Kearne Solanke were found injured a mile apart on Sewell Road, Abbey Wood, and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, just after 5pm on Saturday (November 26).

Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service crews were called to both locations.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, both boys were pronounced dead at the scenes.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on Friday morning (December 2) on suspicion of murder.

He remains in custody at a south London police station.

A 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy were also arrested on suspicion of murder on November 29.

The boys are due to appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today (December 2) charged with the murders. 

Another 16-year-old boy, who was arrested on November 27, has been released on bail.

He is due back at the police station in February 2023.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Today is another step forward in our investigation into this shocking incident but I would reiterate my appeal to anyone who has information about the events that resulted in the deaths of Charlie and Kearne to come forward and speak to police.”

Anyone with information that could assist can share it directly with the investigation team on a dedicated webpage at mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS22U55-PO1

Alternatively call 101 quoting reference 4943/26NOV.

To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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