James Brokenshire has urged anyone with information to come forward to the police following a violent incident in Bexley Village in the early hours of Sunday morning which claimed the life of a local man in his thirties.
Police were called to Bourne Road at around 1am following reports of a fight and a man suffering from severe head injuries. Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended 32 year old Paul Gunner but he died of his injuries. Officers from Bexley Police and the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating and a post mortem examination will be held in due course. Mr Gunner had been out with friends in the Village celebrating his birthday.
Commenting James Brokenshire:
"It is appalling that an evening which should have been one of happiness and celebration should have turned into tragedy. Bexley is one of the safest boroughs in London and for an incident of this kind to occur in Bexley Village is shocking and distressing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Paul Gunner at this extremely difficult time. Whilst the police are advancing their investigations, it is really important that anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information should come forward as soon as possible."