London bloodbath victims include cancer-suffering gran as 4 family members dead

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The four victims of a London stabbing have been revealed, including a cancer-suffering grandma.

Locals in Bermondsey, south-east London, were in shock yesterday after four members of one family were found stabbed to death inside a home on Delaford Road.

Those slaughtered were grandmother and avid churchgoer Dolet Hill, 64, her other half Denton Burke, daughter Tanysha Drummonds and granddaughter Samantha Drummonds.

Dolet was known in the local area, and had been attending a hospital for cancer treatment.

Her granddaughter was spending time at the house as her own flat in Southwark was being renovated.

According to the Mail Online, her friend and neighbour Rudra Brahmbhatt said: “She didn't want to stay in the flat while the work was being done so the last thing she said to me was 'I'm going away for a week, I'll see when I'm back' – she took her cat and left.

“I thought nothing of it until this morning when the police turned up. It was about 7am.

“A few of the officers knocked on our door and asked if we knew where Samantha was and if we had any contact details for her.

“I gave them her number and then rang the number myself – a few times today – but there has been no answer.

“She has been living in the block for about five-years. She used to work at NatWest Bank I think. She's really friendly.

“I know that she used to go and stay with her dad and auntie in Southwark quite a bit. But I don't know much about her family.”

Dolet's niece, Venecia Reid, told The Independent that her mother’s sister used to work as a housekeeper at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, and was a “very nice lady, very friendly, she is a Christian”.

No details have been released on the other two victims – Denton Burke and Tanysha Drummonds.

Police were called to the scene at 1.40am after locals heard screaming, and started CPR on the four victims.

A man thought to be aged in his late 20s was arrested at the scene and remains in custody.

It is thought that the suspect was known to the victims.

A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police said yesterday: “In the early hours of this morning, following a call from neighbours, officers forced entry into a house here in Delaford Road. Inside the house, they made a dreadful discovery of four people who’d been stabbed.

“Such terrible events are rare, but this will not diminish the shock that we felt across London and beyond. And I can assure you this investigation will be thorough to ensure justice for the victims and their families and the community.”

The Daily Star has contacted the Metropolitan Police for further updates, and the investigation is still ongoing.

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