Dad stabbed to death ‘in row over cigarettes’ in East Dulwich is pictured

A ‘doting dad’ who was stabbed to death in a ‘row over cigarettes’ has been pictured for the first time.

Dennis Anderson, 39, was reportedly slashed across the throat after being confronted by a man outside a shop in the early hours of Sunday morning in East Dulwich.

He was stabbed shortly after 2.30am, the Met Police confirmed.

Officers were called to the Pay Less & Wine in Lordship Lane, Dulwich at 2.35am and battled to save Mr Anderson’s life but he died at the scene half an hour later.

No one has been arrested in connection with the killing – the 11th in the capital so far this year.

Friends paid tribute to Mr Anderson, 39, who is said to have "doted on his young daughter".

Luke Roche, 29, told the Evening Standard: "Dennis had been at a friend’s birthday party last night and must have been coming home. But I don’t know what happened.

“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.”

A woman, who did not want to be named, added: "He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. He doted on his daughter and was very loving.

“He used to party in the pubs in Lordship Lane. He was best friends with a load of boys who still live around here and all went to primary school together. They’ll be devastated. Whoever did this should be put away for a long time.”

Detectives are trawling through CCTV footage of the attack as they hunt for the attacker who fled the scene.

Local residents and business owners in East Dulwich have been shocked by the killing on their doorstep.

Muhammad Khan, an assistant manager of the shop, said his cousin – who has given a statement to police- was working when an argument broke out in the store.

Mr Khan told the Daily Mail the entire incident lasted around 20 seconds.

He said: "They had an argument about cigarettes"

Mr Khan added: "The guy with the knife asked the other for free cigarettes, like as a favour or something. I don’t know whether he knew him.

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

Mr Khan said a staff member and customers tried to stop what was happening.

He claimed two men involved were arguing about cigarettes before one took out a huge knife, around six inches long.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, should call police on 101 quoting CAD 1048/10feb. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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