Man remanded on murder charges after two people found dead in Westminster

A man has appeared in court accused of the murders of two people found dead at separate addresses in central London.

Lee Peacock, 49, was charged by the Metropolitan Police with the murders of Sharon Pickles and Clinton Ashmore in Westminster earlier this month.

Peacock, of Harrow Road, west London, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning after being arrested last week.

Although he was taken to the court in police custody, he appeared at the two-minute hearing by videolink from elsewhere in the building.

Clinton Ashmore and Sharon Pickles
Clinton Ashmore and Sharon Pickles (Family Handouts/PA)

Peacock, who gave no indication of plea, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded in custody and will appear next at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

The charges came after officers went to a property in Ashbridge Street at 9.30pm on August 19, when concerns were raised for the welfare of those inside.

Police found Ms Pickles, 45, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A few hours later, at 2.15am on August 20, officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a second property in Jerome Crescent, around half a mile away, where they found Mr Ashmore, 59, who was also pronounced dead at the scene.