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TWO arrests after "homophobic" attack

PUBLISHED: 17:14 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

TWO men have been arrested after a suspected homophobic attack left one man dead and another fighting for his life. A 40-year-old man and a 59-year-old man were arrested last night (Wednesday) after former trade unionist Gerry Edwards, 59, was stabbed

TWO men have been arrested after a suspected homophobic attack left one man dead and another "fighting for his life."

A 40-year-old man and a 59-year-old man were arrested last night (Wednesday) after former trade unionist Gerry Edwards, 59, was stabbed to death on his doorstep in Page Heath Villas, Bickley at around 8pm on Tuesday (March 3) night.

His partner, Chris Bevan, 56, a nurse at Bromley Hospitals, also suffered multiple stab wounds and is in a critical condition following the brutal assault.

The 59-year-old man, believed to be from Dartford, has been bailed to return to Bromley police station in April pending further enquiries.

The other man, from Bromley, remains in custody.

During a press conference yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, said: "This is an extraordinary crime, these two men were attacked in their homes.

"This is a very unusual attack. One person has lost his life and another is fighting for his life.

"The comments that were made at the time alluded to the fact that this could be a homophobic attack but we are keeping an open mind. We are looking at all angles. The motive is based on statements given to us by Chris Bevan.

"It was very windy that night. The weather was particularly inclement. It would have been unusual for people to be out and about.

"We are appealing to the community of people who knew Gerry and Chris to contact us."

Mr Lyons said a weapon had been recovered but could not give any further details. Forensic teams remained at the scene on Thursday lunchtime.

Relatives of Mr Edwards, who live in Australia, were told of his death at 4am today.

Mr Bevan underwent an operation this morning and remains in a critical condition.

Do you know either Mr Edwards or Mr Bevan? Contact Kate Nelson on the Bromley Times news desk on 0208 269 7013 or katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk.

Anyone who has information should contact police on 0208 721 4961 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

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