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Detectives hunt killers of pensioner, 73, in Wandsworth

POLICE HAVE initiated an appeal to help track down two suspects who were involved with a burglary that resulted in the murder of a 73-year-old man in southwest London.

Detectives opened a murder investigation after the pensioner was found dead at his home in Selkirk Road, Wandsworth, last night (Feb 11) when police were called to the property following reports of a disturbance.

Armed police also attended the house, which officers believe was targeted by two burglars whom a passerby saw banging on the door of the residence.

Police said the victim collapsed after the suspects broke into the house and threatened occupants.

A post-mortem is due to take place along with formal identification, although police said they know his identity.

The suspects fled the property after taking a number of goods and were seen going in the direction of Tooting Leisure Centre via Khama Road and Garratt Lane.

The first suspect is described as black, aged 20-30, about 5ft 10in and slim. He wore a blue jacket with the hood up.

The second suspect is white and slim with facial hair and wore a light-brown coat.

Detective Graeme Gwyn said: “The suspects were seen walking up and down Selkirk Road just before entering the victim's property. We are appealing for anyone who saw them either in Selkirk Road or making off afterwards to please come forward.

“This was a terrifying incident and tragically the victim then collapsed and died in front of his family and police officers. We are very keen to hear from anyone who has information about what happened or the suspects.”

No arrests have been made yet as police investigate.

Anyone who can help is asked to call the incident room on 020 8 721 4805 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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