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A relative of Dolet Hill, 63, confirmed today that she was one of four people found dead at a house in Bermondsey today

One of the three women stabbed to death along with a man in South East London today worked at a local NHS hospital and was undergoing treatment for cancer, MailOnline can reveal.

A relative of grandmother Dolet Hill, 63, has confirmed she was one of four people found dead at a terraced house in Bermondsey in the early hours of this morning, alongside a woman in her 40s and another in her 30s.

Her niece said Ms Hill had two daughters and two grandchildren, while locals said she worked as a housekeeper at the nearby Guy’s Hospital in Southwark.

One neighbour said: ‘She was a lovely lady, she worked at Guy’s Hospital as a housekeeper. She was also having treatment for cancer. I can’t believe this has happened.

‘I live close to her and didn’t hear a thing until I saw all the police this morning outside her house. I know she has two daughters. My heart goes out to her family. It’s such an awful, awful thing to happen.’

Another added: ‘My friend knew Dolet as she used to work with her at Guy’s Hospital. She was originally from Jamaica but had been living there a while. 

‘I couldn’t see what happened but from my house I could see that the police and paramedics had taken at least two of the victims into the street and were working on them for some time.’

Ms Hill’s niece Venecia Reid paid tribute and said she ‘didn’t deserve this’, telling reporters near the scene: ‘She was very loving, very kind, very generous. She worked very hard in this country to support her two girls and her two grandkids. She does not deserve this.’

Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said today that the other three victims were believed to include a man in his mid-60s, along with one woman in her 40s and another in her 30s.  

Other neighbours revealed how they heard chilling screams before armed police swooped on the home and made the grim discovery. Detectives were called at about 1.40am to reports of a disturbance at the property, before forcing entry inside and discovering four people with stab injuries.

A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a police station where he remains in custody. Specialist crime police are investigating, and said they believe all five people were known to each other. 

One resident heard a woman ‘screaming for about five minutes’, adding: ‘It was awful. I thought it was someone was holding someone hostage or something but when I heard the police, the helicopter, the ambulances, I knew it was really serious. I saw about eight or nine police cars – all were armed – come out and surround the area.’

Police put up a large cordon including metal grates around Delaford Road while their investigation continued on the street. Four forensic tents were put up outside the £600,000 house in the London Borough of Southwark.

Another neighbour said: ‘I saw a load of police jump out of their cars with guns. There were about eight police cars, several ambulances, and some of them were going door to door.  

‘They came to the back garden to make sure our door was secure. It was about 2am. We didn’t hear anything else – we were just told to stay inside. My husband said he swore he heard screaming, shouts, some commotion.’

It comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to face questions over crime rates in the capital, with boxer Amir Khan saying last week that he should ‘pull his finger out’ after he was mugged of his £72,000 watch in Leyton.  

Scotland Yard opened 79 murder investigations last year involving stabbings, with 27 of these being teenagers. 

A tearful neighbour said: Mrs Hill was 'a lovely lady'

A tearful neighbour said: Mrs Hill was 'a lovely lady'

A relative of Dolet Hill, 63, confirmed today that she was one of four people found dead at a house in Bermondsey today

A relative of Dolet Hill, 63, confirmed today that she was one of four people found dead at a house in Bermondsey today

Dolet Hill (pictured) was discovered alongside two adult female relatives. She had two daughters and two grandchildren

Forensic tents on the scene on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London, this morning after the alleged murders

Forensic tents on the scene on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London, this morning after the alleged murders

Forensic tents on the scene on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London, this morning after the alleged murders

Detectives are today investigating the deaths of four people in on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London

Detectives are today investigating the deaths of four people in on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London

Detectives are today investigating the deaths of four people in on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London

Forensic officers are seen entering a home today at the scene where three women and a man were found stabbed to death

Forensic officers are seen entering a home today at the scene where three women and a man were found stabbed to death

Forensic officers are seen entering a home today at the scene where three women and a man were found stabbed to death

Parts of the London skyline are seen in the background as police and forensic officers investigate in Bermondsey today

Parts of the London skyline are seen in the background as police and forensic officers investigate in Bermondsey today

Parts of the London skyline are seen in the background as police and forensic officers investigate in Bermondsey today 

Police investigations are taking place this morning at the scene on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London

Police investigations are taking place this morning at the scene on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London

Police investigations are taking place this morning at the scene on Delaford Road in Bermondsey, South East London

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Metropolitan Police officers with a dog outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today following the incident

Metropolitan Police officers with a dog outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today following the incident

Metropolitan Police officers with a dog outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today following the incident

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove makes a statement to the press at the scene in Bermondsey this afternoon

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove makes a statement to the press at the scene in Bermondsey this afternoon

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove makes a statement to the press at the scene in Bermondsey this afternoon

Anne Birkett, 60, a nearby resident in Bermondsey, said: ‘I was woken up about 1.45am where I saw loads of flashing lights, loads of police cars, and a helicopter. My husband wanted to go out there and see what’s happening but I said allow the police to do their jobs. 

‘I didn’t know the family, you say hello and afternoon but I didn’t know them. It’s devastating. There are two primary schools in the area. Many people around here have young children and everyone is scared.’

How Sadiq Khan’s own data shows violent crime is on the rise in London 

Violent crime is on the rise under Sadiq Khan in London, according to official figures released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in January.

This revealed there were 233,965 offences of ‘violence against the person’ recorded by the Metropolitan Police in 2021 – up 6.1 per cent or 13,358 from 220,607 in 2020.

This catch-all term includes a range of offences from minor offences such as harassment and common assault, to serious offences such as murder and GBH.

Theft on a person was up 20.6 per cent – a rise of 2,067, from 25,574 to 27,641; while motor vehicle theft was also up from 25,574 to 27,641, a rise of 2,067 or 8.1 per cent.

But knife crime itself dropped in 2021 compared to 2020 – down from 11,852 to 10,623, which was a fall of 1,229 or 10.4 per cent; while gun crime was down from 1,719 to 1,358, which was a drop of 361 or 20.6 per cent.

The data also revealed that, when split by borough, Westminster had the highest levels of violent crime with 50,962 offences, followed by Newham on 34,081.

Mr Khan was elected in May 2016, and his office said that since then knife crime with injury is down by 12 per cent, gun crime is down by 29 per cent and burglary has fallen by 22 per cent. But a spokesman admitted there was ‘still a long way to go’ and that ‘keeping people safe in London remains the mayor’s number one priority’

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Ms Birkett, whose back bedroom looks on to the property where the victims were found, also told the PA news agency: ‘It’s devastating – you hear all of this but you never assume it’s going to be right on your own doorstep.

‘I’m a foster carer and I’ve got children in my care, and now I’ve got to protect them now because of what’s happened.’

Another neighbour said: ‘I woke up because I could hear the helicopter – I had no idea what it was at first. It’s crazy that something like that would have happened here.’

A further local resident who lives two doors down from the home where the incident happened said she saw ambulances take the victims away in the early hours.

‘I saw the bodies come out,’ the elderly woman, who did not want to be named, told the PA news agency.

Like other local residents, she said she was woken in the night by police sirens and the sound of a helicopter.

The woman, who lives on the corner of Delaford Road and Bramcote Grove, said she knew ‘him and her’.

Armed police are said to have gone from house to house nearby in order to make sure neighbours were safe.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, all four people were pronounced dead at the scene and officers are now in the process of contacting next of kin. Post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course.

Delaford Road is located in the SE16 postcode area next to South Bermondsey train station and is also close to Millwall FC’s ground The New Den.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today tweeted: ‘I am heartbroken that three women and a man were killed last night in a devastating incident at an address in Southwark. My thoughts are with the family and friends who have lost loved ones in this awful crime.

‘I am in contact with the leadership of the Metropolitan Police. An investigation is underway and one man has been arrested. I urge anyone who has information that could be relevant to contact the police immediately.’

Michael Situ, a Labour councillor on Southwark Council, said: ‘Thoughts with family of victims of murder on Delaford Road, SE16. If anyone has any information about incident, do contact @MPSSouthwark urgently.’ 

Several forensics officers were seen entering the fenced-off section of Delaford Road.

Violent crime is on the rise under Sadiq Khan in London, according to official figures released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in January. This revealed there were 233,965 offences of 'violence against the person' recorded in 2021

Violent crime is on the rise under Sadiq Khan in London, according to official figures released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in January. This revealed there were 233,965 offences of 'violence against the person' recorded in 2021

Violent crime is on the rise under Sadiq Khan in London, according to official figures released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in January. This revealed there were 233,965 offences of ‘violence against the person’ recorded in 2021

Local MP Harriet Harman described the killings as a 'terrible tragedy' as she visited the scene in Bermondsey this morning

Local MP Harriet Harman described the killings as a 'terrible tragedy' as she visited the scene in Bermondsey this morning

Local MP Harriet Harman described the killings as a ‘terrible tragedy’ as she visited the scene in Bermondsey this morning

Police in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man where stabbed today

Police in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man where stabbed today

Police in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man where stabbed today

Metropolitan Police officers with a dog outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today following the incident

Metropolitan Police officers with a dog outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today following the incident

Metropolitan Police officers with a dog outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today following the incident

Three women and a man where stabbed to death in the early hours of today and were found at the property in Bermondsey

Three women and a man where stabbed to death in the early hours of today and were found at the property in Bermondsey

Three women and a man where stabbed to death in the early hours of today and were found at the property in Bermondsey

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today after three women and a man were stabbed

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today after three women and a man were stabbed

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today after three women and a man were stabbed

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Forensics enter the property in Bermondsey this morning after four people were found with apparent stab wounds

Forensics enter the property in Bermondsey this morning after four people were found with apparent stab wounds

Forensics enter the property in Bermondsey this morning after four people were found with apparent stab wounds

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Forensics at the property today following the discovery of four people with stab wounds in the early hours of the morning

Forensics at the property today following the discovery of four people with stab wounds in the early hours of the morning

Forensics at the property today following the discovery of four people with stab wounds in the early hours of the morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, this morning after the incident overnight

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, this morning after the incident overnight

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, this morning after the incident overnight

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police forensic officers outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today as the investigation continues

Police forensic officers outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today as the investigation continues

Police forensic officers outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, today as the investigation continues

A resident of the adjacent road, Bramcote Grove, who did not want to be named, said he was woken at around 2am by police sirens and a helicopter and was kept up until 6am by the commotion.

‘When I saw four ambulances – not one, not two, but four – I knew it was serious,’ he said.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a disturbance at around 1.40am, and when they forced entry to the house they found four people with fatal stab injuries. 

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 2.07am today to reports of an incident on Delaford Road, Bermondsey.

‘We sent three ambulance crews, two fast response units, two incident response officers, two advanced paramedics and a team leader to the scene.

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

An aerial view of the scene in Bermondsey today, with post-mortem examinations set to be arranged in due course

An aerial view of the scene in Bermondsey today, with post-mortem examinations set to be arranged in due course

An aerial view of the scene in Bermondsey today, with post-mortem examinations set to be arranged in due course

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police outside a house in Bermondsey, South East London, after three women and a man were stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey following the incident which happened in the early hours of today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey following the incident which happened in the early hours of today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey following the incident which happened in the early hours of today

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police officers in forensic suits enter a house in Bermondsey today after three women and a man were stabbed to death

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

All five people involved in the incident in South East London are believed to have known each other

All five people involved in the incident in South East London are believed to have known each other

All five people involved in the incident in South East London are believed to have known each other

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Inside the property in Bermondsey today, detectives found four people suffering what are believed to be stab injuries

Inside the property in Bermondsey today, detectives found four people suffering what are believed to be stab injuries

Inside the property in Bermondsey today, detectives found four people suffering what are believed to be stab injuries

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police forensic tents outside a house in Bermondsey after three women and a man were stabbed to death this morning

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

Police and forensic officers are seen outside a home where three women and a man were found stabbed to death today

‘Our team worked closely with colleagues from other emergency services. Sadly, despite the best efforts of our medics, four patients died at the scene.’

Local MP Harriet Harman described the killings as a ‘terrible tragedy’, telling reporters at the scene: ‘Tragically, four people have been killed and that is shocking to happen anywhere but especially in this very peaceful, quiet, very settled community here.

‘The police have arrested someone but it’s really important still that people give information – any information they’ve got – to the police so that whoever committed this horrific crime can be brought to justice.

‘It’s a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who’ve tragically had their lives cut short.’

Source: Daily Mail

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