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UPDATE: Five attackers lay in wait for George Barker before he was stabbed at Stable Lane gym

PUBLISHED: 09:54 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 21 November 2016

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Police want to hear from anyone who saw the men arriving or leaving the scene

Detectives investigating the murder of George Barker are appealing for information about five men whom they believe were waiting for the 24-year-old to arrive at the gym where he was stabbed to death.

A murder investigation was launched last Monday (November 14) when Mr Barker, from South Darenth, was attacked at the Double K Gym in Stable Lane, which is run by actor Idris Elba’s kickboxing trainer.

Police and the London Ambulance Service attended the incident but Mr Barker died at the scene.

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Mr Barker, or who knows where he was during the weekend before his murder, specifically Sunday evening into the morning of Monday, November 14.

Detective chief inspector Laurence Smith, who is leading the investigation, said: “George Barker was a regular user of the gym and on the morning of his murder he arrived there around 09:15hrs, and was attacked shortly after.

“Our enquiries so far have led me to believe that there were five men inside the gym who were waiting for George Barker to arrive.

“Following the brutal assault on George the men left the gym and I am appealing to anyone who saw the men arriving in Stable Lane prior to the murder, or saw them leaving, to contact the police.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who heard from George over the weekend before his murder. I particularly want to know where George spent the evening of Sunday, November 13, into Monday and where he was before he arrived at the gym.

“I retain an open mind as to the motive for George’s death and urge anyone with information to contact the police or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information has been asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3985, a police non-emergency on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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