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Northern Ireland man Archie Sheppard murdered on top deck of London bus

By Claire Williamson

A man from Northern Ireland has been murdered on the top deck of a London bus.

Archie Sheppard from Ballyclare was found fatally injured on the bus in Marylebone in the early hours of Friday morning after suffering a "violent and sustained" attack.

The 48-year-old who lived in north-west London was discovered by a passenger on the route 189 bus.

Paramedics were called but Mr Sheppard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police charged a 38-year-old man on Monday May 1 with murder in connection with the stabbing.

Scotland Yard said John Edward Doherty of Clem Attlee Court SW6 was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

Doherty, of Fulham, west London was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday May 3.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident.

DCI Noel McHugh said: “We are now appealing to those who knew Archie Sheppard in whatever capacity to come forward.

“It is important that we establish and get a clearer picture as to who Mr Sheppard was and the lifestyle he was leading, in particular anyone who was with him on Thursday, April 27 and anyone who stayed at his home in Neasden.

“I am also making a fresh appeal for information and witnesses to come forward.

“A number of people have assisted us with our inquiry but there are still a number of witnesses that have yet to come forward and I believe that they could hold vital information that could help with progressing this investigation.”

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