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Arrests over London boy's killing

Damilola Taylor
Damilola: Found bleeding to death on stairwell  

LONDON, England -- Eleven boys have been arrested in connection with the killing of 10-year-old London boy Damilola Taylor as more than 200 police officers staged a series of early morning raids.

The suspects -- eight black youths, two of Mediterranean appearance and one white youth -- were detained at various addresses in south London.

The youths arrested on Thursday included two boys who were previously detained along with a 39-year-old woman.

All the suspects are known to be associates who congregate together in the Peckham area, where Damilola died, Scotland Yard said.

Damilola Taylor bled to death in the street in Peckham, south London, two weeks ago in an incident which shocked Britain and followed a spate of "sink estate" killings in France.

The Nigerian-born youngster is thought to have been stabbed by a gang of 11 to 14-year-olds as he walked home to the run-down inner-city North Peckham estate.

He was found bleeding to death on one of the estate's stairwells.

Damilola had dragged himself for about 100 yards after apparently being stabbed in the leg as he walked home from an after-school computer club.

The 200 police in Thursday's raid were briefed at a police station in central London before travelling to the Peckham area.

Scotland Yard said earlier this week that at least three significant witnesses had not yet come forward.

Detectives said they wanted to speak to two groups of black male youths seen during Damilola's final journey. On Tuesday, police said a new witness had reported seeing a group of male youths standing by telephone boxes at 4.30pm in a road near where Damilola died.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said on Thursday: "A major police operation is ongoing in south London today in connection with the investigation into the murder of Damilola Taylor on November 27.

"Police officers involved in the operation attended a briefing in central London early this morning before being deployed.

"The operation involved some 200 officers who have visited various addresses across London."



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