Tuesday, January 19, 1999 Published at 16:49 GMT
Teenagers arrested over youth murder
Teenagers arrested during dawn raids in south London
Detectives have arrested four teenagers in connection with the murder of a youth who was battered to death more than a year ago, Scotland Yard have said.
Jamie Robe, 17, was attacked and killed by a gang with baseball bats and snooker cues on a south-east London estate in August 1997.
He was found dying outside the Surrey Docks pub in Rotherhithe with a fractured skull and numerous internal injuries after being hit about 40 times.
Officers made the arrests on Tuesday in a series of dawn raids in south-east London.
A spokeswoman confirmed that those arrested - aged 15, 17, 18 and 19 - were in custody at police stations in south London.
Few witnesses have been willing to come forward and help the murder investigation due to a "climate of fear" on the Osprey estate, the scene of the attack.