New police appeal for killers of London riots victim

Croydon Riots. Pic: madtea

Croydon Riots. Pic: madtea

The Metropolitan Police has issued a new appeal for information regarding the murder of a Croydon father who was killed during the 2011 riots.

The Met is now offering a £20,000 reward for any information about the killers of victim Trevor Ellis.

Ellis, who would have celebrated his 29th birthday this Saturday, was 26 when he was found in a car with a bullet wound to the head, in Duppas Hill Road near Waddon Station on August 9, 2011.

Although police rushed Ellis to St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, he was pronounced dead the next day.

The father of four was out with a group of friends in Croydon earlier in the night when they became involved in a one-mile three-car chase through Croydon, during which he was shot.

Scotland Yard believes Ellis and his group clashed with another group of nine before the chase.

Since the murder, fourteen men have been arrested on suspicion of murder but all have been bailed or released. No one has yet been charged with Ellis’ death.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Homicide Major and Crime Command unit, is leading the investigation.

Tudway said: “Trevor Ellis was murdered on a night where Croydon, and in fact London, saw unprecedented levels of violence and disorder.”

Tudway added that the Met Police believes his killers were actively involved in the riots that tore through Croydon during the summer of 2011, robbing at least two people that same night.

Regarding the killers, Tudway said: “They thought nothing of arming themselves with a gun and ultimately taking a young man’s life leaving four young children without a father.”

Ellis’ family also released a statement in the appeal: “Trevor was a father, son, brother and a charming family member missed by all that knew him. He has been murdered needlessly with no remorse. Please help us bring the killers to justice with any information you may have no matter how insignificant it may seem. No one deserves to die this way.”

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