Man killed during stab attack outside pub.

PUBLISHED: 17:05 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 16 August 2010

Tributes have been paid to a 54-year-old man who was stabbed to death after a pub fight that left another fighting for his life in hospital.

Tributes have been paid to a 54-year-old man who was stabbed to death after a pub fight that left another fighting for his life in hospital.

Friends at the scene say that "protective" Lenny Kempley was killed outside the Downham Tavern, in Downham Way, on Saturday night.

Police were called at about 11:50pm and Mr Kempley was rushed to hospital in south London but was declared dead just under an hour later.

Police formally named Lenny Kempley yesterday afternoon. A post-mortem carried out at Greenwich Mortuary declared he had died from a stab wound to the heart.

A 22-year old man, known locally as Ross, was in a serious but stable condition in a different South London hospital after being stabbed in the same incident.

A friend of Mr Kempley, who did not want to be named, said: "He was my best pal and he was very well known around here.

"He would have helped anyone who was in trouble."

Friends and family have left floral tributes at the scene. One tribute read: "My heart is broken. My life will never be the same without you. Wait for me and I will be with you soon. Love you always from your loving wife."

Yas Gumuso, who works in Milano Kebab said he saw a disturbance outside the restaurant window.

"I saw a guy fall down with blood on his face. One of our customers went out to help him but I didn't know it was serious until the police arrived.

"At first I thought he had been beaten up, then I saw the blood all over his face."

In a statement from the Metropolitan police, DCI Damian Allain appealed to anyone who saw the fight to come forward, saying: "I believe the murder is linked to an altercation at the Downham Tavern pub in Downham earlier on Saturday night.

"I need to hear from anyone who witnessed the altercation at the pub or the subsequent stabbings in Downham Way."

Others at the scene on Monday said violent clashes had become more and more frequent in the area in recent years.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named said: "We have seen more and more problems."

Another, who lived opposite the Downham Tavern said: "Five years ago we had no problems around here, but the neighbourhood has got worse and worse."

One man was arrested yesterday in connection with the stabbings and was still in custody at a South London police station as the Times went to press.

Two other men and a woman were arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed to return in August.

Anyone with information that could help police should call the incident room on 020 8721 4805 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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