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Pensioner held after man stabbed during burglary

Sky News logo Sky News 04/04/2018

The scene where a 78-year-old man has been arrested over the alleged murder of a suspected burglar The scene where a 78-year-old man has been arrested over the alleged murder of a suspected burglar A 78-year-old has been arrested after a man was stabbed during a suspected burglary and later died.

Police were called to a house in Hither Green, south London, at 12.45am to reports of a break-in in progress.

The occupant had found two males inside his home.

There were initial reports the homeowner was forced into the kitchen by one of the suspects armed with a screwdriver while the other went upstairs.

Police said that, during a struggle, a 38-year-old man found inside the property sustained a stab injury to his upper body.

Polive have cordoned off the scene in Hither Green Polive have cordoned off the scene in Hither Green

A Met Police statement said: "The homeowner suffered bruising to his arms. His injuries are not life threatening.

"He was taken to a south London police station where he remains at this time. The second suspect in the burglary fled the scene prior to police arrival and remains outstanding. "The Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate. Enquires are ongoing."

The dead man's next of kin have been informed but formal identification is yet to take place.

A post mortem examination is expected to take place in the next few days.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

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