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Police hunt killers after man shot and stabbed for Rolex watch

The level of violence used against 31-year-old Danny Pearce was “horrendous”, police said.

Two suspects are still at large after a man was shot and stabbed to death for his Rolex watch.

Police are hunting the thieves who rode up to Danny Pearce, 31, on a moped and launched a “horrendous” attack when he refused to hand over his property.

He had been on a night out with his girlfriend and was walking home from Oliver’s Jazz Club, in Greenwich, south-east London, when he was confronted by the two men on King William Walk at 12.15am.

The men demanded Mr Pearce hand over his Silver Rolex Datejust 2 2017 Rolex watch, worth thousands of pounds.

When he refused to give in to their demands, one of the men chased and stabbed him with a large knife, while the second suspect started shooting at him with a handgun as he ran for his life.

The men only ceased their assault when Mr Pearce’s girlfriend shouted to tell them she would give them the watch if they stopped.

CCTV footage taken moments before the murder shows the men – both dressed in dark clothing and wearing helmets – at a Texaco petrol station in Creek Road.

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Danny Pearce was shot and stabbed in south-west London for his watch (Met Police/PA)

Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway said: “The level of violence used against Danny was horrendous.”

She added: “Danny sought help at a nearby address but was fatally attacked by the suspects who showed no mercy and only stopped their attack when the victim’s girlfriend shouted out to them that she would give them the watch if they ceased their attack.

“Without a hint of remorse they then took the watch and fled the scene in the direction of Nevada Street, SE10.”

Mr Pearce, of Bromley, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics shortly after the attack on July 15.

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Another view of a man police wish to speak to (Met Police/PA)

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Ms Sidaway said investigations had led police to believe the suspects are also connected to two other robberies, one in Greenwich on July 11, and another in Southwark on July 13.

On both of those occasions individuals were targeted for their watches and threatened with weapons which were not used.

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