Arrests over 2006 Upper Norwood double murder

Jordan Jackson and Leyla Djemal-Northcott
Image caption The couple had been in a relationship for five years

Police investigating the double murder of a young couple five years ago have arrested three people.

Jordan Jackson, 20, and Leyla Djemal-Northcott, 21, were shot at their flat in Upper Norwood, south-east London, in 2006.

Acting on a tip-off last month officers searched a canal in north London for the gun, which was not found.

They have now arrested a man, 35, in Kent, a woman, 31, in Croydon, and a 37-year-old woman in Clapham.

Masked men burst into the victims' flat on 7 March 2006 before shooting Mr Jackson in a hallway and killing his girlfriend as she lay in bed.

Mr Jackson's twin brother Kieran was also shot but survived the attack.

Officers think the brothers may have been deliberately targeted while Ms Djemal-Northcott was shot simply for being there.

Det Ch Insp Neil Hutchison said: "We want to thank those who have come forward with information so far.

"Although we are still seeking the murder weapon, due to the media coverage of the river search we had several calls with information relating to these murders.

"I continue to urge the public to come forward so that we can take this forward and solve this murder."

'Violent death'

Ms Djemal-Northcott's mother, Christine Djemal, said: "Leyla has not had the opportunity to finish college, get married, have children.

"She is deeply missed by her family who still find it hard to come to terms with her sudden and violent death."

Mr Jackson's mother said of her son: "Due to his untimely death he has missed the birth of his twin brother's son, a nephew he will never see.

"He never got to see his baby sister's first day at school."

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