Hunt launched after man and womans throats slashed just hours apart

Two Brits were brutally murdered by having their throats slashed, cops say.

Tragic Sharon Pickes, 45, and Clinton Ashmore, 59, were butchered within five hours of each other.

Now, officers have launched an urgent manhunt for Lee Peacock, 49, who is wanted for questioning.

Police have urged the public to not approach Peacock if they see him, reports The Sun.

Sharon was found lifeless at a home in Ashbridge Street, Westminster shortly before 9.35pm on Thursday.

And a short while later, heroic paramedics raced to a report of a stabbing in Jerome Crescent, north-west London – where Clinton died at the scene.

Officials have since confirmed both victims died after a knife slit their throat.

Top cop Wayne Jolley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: "Firstly, my thoughts are with the families of Sharon and Clinton.

"This is a shocking crime and we will not rest until we bring the person or persons responsible to justice."

The Detective Chief Inspector said finding Lee Peacock was key to the investigation.

"We believe he knew both victims and urgently need to locate him to talk to him about their murders."

He went on: "We have a team of detectives working around the clock to find him, but so far they have been unable to locate him.

"I would urge anybody who knows his whereabouts to contact police immediately by calling 999.

"If seen, we would urge the public not to approach him, but to contact police as soon as possible."

Families of both victims are being supported by specially-trained PCs whilst the ongoing hunt for Peacock continues.

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Anyone who was in the area surrounding Ashbridge Street or Jerome Crescent and saw something suspicious at the time of the killings is urged to contact cops immediately.

"No matter how small or insignificant you think your information might be, please do get in touch," he said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, who is based in Westminster, said residents will be "shocked and troubled by this news".

He went on: "Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to approach patrol officers."

To speak to police, call 101, giving the reference 7227/19AUG.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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