A 44-year-old man has been charged with murder following the stabbing of Sri Lankan national Arunesh Thangarajah in Mitcham earlier this week.

Manimaran Selliah, of London Road, Mitcham was arrested by police in Upper Green East on the morning of the attack (May 20) and yesterday was charged not only with murder, but also the attempted GBH of a 35-year-old man.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court today (May 22).

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding from the Homicide and Major Crime Command believes this is not gang related.

"We will be speaking to locals and continue to appeal for those who witnessed the attack or have information to get in touch," he said.

"I fully appreciate the alarm this incident has caused within the area.

"This attack is not being treated as gang related or racially motivated.

"The local community can expect to see my team in and around the area as the investigation continues apace. I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak with officers or contact their local neighbourhood policing teams."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may assist the investigation should call the incident room at Sutton on 020 8721 4205. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or by visiting https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

You can also tweet information via @MetCC