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Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

A man has been arrested as officers continue to investigate a murder in Dulwich.

Police were called at 18:30hrs on Wednesday, 8 July, to reports of a stabbing on Seeley Drive, SE21.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found an 18-year-old man suffering stab injuries. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, including London’s Air Ambulance, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 19:03hrs.

The deceased has been identified as Donnell Rhule, 18, (25/11/01) from south-east London. Donnell’s next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination held at Greenwich Mortuary on 10 July gave cause of death as an incised wound to the chest, consistent with a knife wound.

Homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation. They believe Donnell was attacked on Lyall Avenue before making his way to a parade of shops on Seeley Drive.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on the evening of 10 July on suspicion of murder. The man has been taken into police custody.

DCI Rob Pack, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “I would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the stabbing or who saw anyone leaving the scene. This is a generally quiet area, so I am certain that a number of people will have seen or heard something significant.

“Although one person has been arrested we are still very much in the early stages of the investigation. We know a number of suspects and vehicles were involved in this murder and I’m appealing for help in identifying and tracing them.

“If you have any information that can help the investigation, no matter how small you may think it is, please get in touch. It may be that vital piece of evidence that completes the overall picture. You can be assured that you will be dealt with professionally and any concerns you may have will be addressed.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room via 101 quoting reference CAD 6306/8July. Alternatively, to remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ch Supt Colin Wingrove, Commander of the Met’s Central South Command Unit, said: “I am saddened to hear of this tragic murder and our thoughts are with Donnell’s family, friends and the wider community. We are committed to bringing them the justice they deserve and we are supporting the Specialist Crime Command who lead the investigation.

“Our local safer neighbourhood officers will provide an increased policing presence in the coming days to provide reassurance and support. I urge anyone with any information about the events leading to this tragic loss of life to come forward and tell us.”

+ If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free and Fearless:

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