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Pictured: Murdered father, 39, whose 'throat was slit' in row over cigarettes in upmarket London suburb as friends say he 'doted on his young daughter'

  • Dennis Anderson, 39, was stabbed and died in East Dulwich on Sunday morning 
  • No arrests have been made and police are appealing to public for information 
  • Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place soon

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline and Rebecca Camber for the Daily Mail

Published: 07:09 EST, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 07:16 EST, 11 February 2019

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A 'family man' who was stabbed to death in south London in a reported row over cigarettes 'didn't have a bad bone in his body', friends have said.

Dennis Anderson, 39, died in East Dulwich in the early hours of Sunday morning when he was reportedly confronted in a corner shop.

His friends have said Mr Anderson was painter-decorator who was devoted to his teenage daughter and had never even been in a fight before.

Friend Luke Roche, 29, told The Evening Standard: 'He loved his daughter. He was a family man and very popular, no one had a bad word to say about him. I honestly can't think of anyone he'd had a fight with. He just wasn't part of that life.' 

Dennis Anderson was stabbed to death in East Dulwich over the weekend after a man confronted him in a corner shop in an apparent row over a packet of cigarettes
Dennis Anderson was stabbed to death in East Dulwich over the weekend after a man confronted him in a corner shop in an apparent row over a packet of cigarettes

Dennis Anderson was stabbed to death in East Dulwich over the weekend after a man confronted him in a corner shop in an apparent row over a packet of cigarettes

Friends said Mr Anderson was popular in the area and was known as a family man who doted on his daughter. He is believed to have been returning home from a party when he was killed
Friends said Mr Anderson was popular in the area and was known as a family man who doted on his daughter. He is believed to have been returning home from a party when he was killed

Friends said Mr Anderson was popular in the area and was known as a family man who doted on his daughter. He is believed to have been returning home from a party when he was killed

The scene on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, south London where a man, believed to be in his 30's, was stabbed to death
The scene on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, south London where a man, believed to be in his 30's, was stabbed to death

The scene on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich, south London where a man, believed to be in his 30's, was stabbed to death

The assistant manager of the store, Muhammad Khan, said a fight broke out over a cigarette which ended with the customer being stabbed to death just 20 seconds later.

He said: 'They had an argument about cigarettes. My cousin was here, he was manager.

'The guy who had the knife came in about five or six minutes after the man who then got stabbed.

'The guy with the knife asked the other for free cigarettes, like as a favour or something.

'They had an argument and he took out a knife. Everyone was trying to stop him.

'A member of staff behind the counter and other customers tried to stop him too.'

He added: 'We have had no trouble around here before- it's very nice, all educated and wealthy people living around here.'

The brutal killing came on a night of horrific violence in the capital.

A policewoman stands by the cordon of the scene of the stabbing early this morning 
A policewoman stands by the cordon of the scene of the stabbing early this morning 

A policewoman stands by the cordon of the scene of the stabbing early this morning 

Police forensics work in a tent covering the body, at the scene on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich
Police forensics work in a tent covering the body, at the scene on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich

Police forensics work in a tent covering the body, at the scene on Lordship Lane in East Dulwich

In Neasden, North West London a 23-year-old man was critically injured in another stabbing.

On the same evening, a 16-year-old boy received knife wounds in a fight in Hayes, West London.

In an unrelated attack, a 17-year-old boy was fighting for his life in hospital yesterday after being shot in Isleworth, west London.

Yesterday MPs and local politicians called for an end to the bloodshed after the fifth murder in the last fortnight.

Helen Hayes, Labour MP for East Dulwich tweeted: 'Appalled to learn of a fatal stabbing on Lordship Lane during the night. Another family now devastated due to knife crime. This has to stop.'

Medical equipment remains on the floor, at the scene of the fatal stabbing in south-east London
Medical equipment remains on the floor, at the scene of the fatal stabbing in south-east London

Medical equipment remains on the floor, at the scene of the fatal stabbing in south-east London

MP for the area, Helen Hayes tweeted that the knife crime 'has to stop'. The scene is pictured
MP for the area, Helen Hayes tweeted that the knife crime 'has to stop'. The scene is pictured

MP for the area, Helen Hayes tweeted that the knife crime 'has to stop'. The scene is pictured

Police forensics at the scene of the stabbing in East Dulwich where the victim was said to have had his throat slit with a large knife 
Police forensics at the scene of the stabbing in East Dulwich where the victim was said to have had his throat slit with a large knife 

Police forensics at the scene of the stabbing in East Dulwich where the victim was said to have had his throat slit with a large knife 

Police forensics and officers outside Payless Food & Wine which remains behind a cordon
Police forensics and officers outside Payless Food & Wine which remains behind a cordon

Police forensics and officers outside Payless Food & Wine which remains behind a cordon

Florence Eshalomi, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said: 'Sad to wake up to yet another stabbing in Southwark. This has to end.'

Eleven people have been murdered in London so far this year, at least seven of whom have been fatally stabbed.

It follows the deadliest year in a decade in the capital with 134 killings in 2018. 

Last Thursday, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of fatal stabbings is now at the highest level since records began in 1946.

Some 285 people were stabbed to death in the year ending March 2018, with attacks 'most pronounced' in young men.

Highlighting a worrying increase in violence plaguing Britain, there were 726 killings recorded overall - 20 more than the previous year.

Already this year at least nine people have been murdered in the capital including Lejean Richards, 19, who was stabbed near Prince George's school earlier this week
Already this year at least nine people have been murdered in the capital including Lejean Richards, 19, who was stabbed near Prince George's school earlier this week

Already this year at least nine people have been murdered in the capital including Lejean Richards, 19, who was stabbed near Prince George's school earlier this week

The homicide figures are more pronounced when excluding mass murders such as the London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 35 innocent victims in 2017.

Taking those deaths out, the number of killings increasing by 89, or 15 per cent, from 606 to 695.

London witnessed the starkest concentration of crimes involving knives and sharp instruments, highlighting the capital's ongoing crisis.

So far in 2019 at least nine people have been murdered in the capital including Lejean Richards, 19, who was stabbed to death near Prince George's school.

His mother Lavern Joseph said: 'Lejean was a loving son and brother, a young man determined to turn his life around.' 

Stats released on Thursday show that stabbings are by far the most common cause of death in homicide cases, nearly three times the second most common, which is beating
Stats released on Thursday show that stabbings are by far the most common cause of death in homicide cases, nearly three times the second most common, which is beating

Stats released on Thursday show that stabbings are by far the most common cause of death in homicide cases, nearly three times the second most common, which is beating

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