May 25 2013 Latest news:
by Ben Bloom , Reporter
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found stabbed to death in Maida Vale.
The body of Richard Hamilton was found on Monday, April 9 at flats in Shirland Road.
A post-mortem revealed that the 45-year-old had died from stab wounds to the neck.
Forensics officers conducted a full search of the surrounding front gardens for evidence.
Police also conducted door-to-door interviews with residents as they searched for information.
The property, which is managed by Broadway homeless charity, remained cordoned off with a police presence for more than a week afterwards.
One Shirland Road neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s not a nice feeling because the police showed us a picture of the man and you recognise people because you’ve seen them walking around the area. I felt sick when I heard the news because it’s so violent and horrible.
“London is full of every type of person though and in a way this kind of thing can happen anywhere.
“But you still don’t expect it to happen right by where you live.”
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 4.20pm after paramedics found Mr Hamilton dead at the flat.
His family has been informed and an inquest is due to be opened this week.
Four men, aged 25, 32, 42 and 43, were arrested at the same address in connection with the incident and taken to separate police stations.
Three of them have been bailed until May. The 43-year-old has been released with no further action.
The Broadway charity declined to comment on the incident and was unable to confirm what the property is used for.
Det Insp Colette Smyth said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have information regarding this incident to come forward and assist us with this investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8358 0100 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.