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Crimewatch appeal for gangland killers

PUBLISHED: 16:05 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 25 August 2010

A DETECTIVE hunting the killers of a man shot dead in his own bed has appealed for information on BBC's Crimewatch.

A DETECTIVE hunting the killers of a man shot dead in his own bed has appealed for information on BBC's Crimewatch.

The show screened on Tuesday featured a live appeal for information on the murder of Danny King last year.

During the programme Detective Chief Inspector Jon Bumpus told viewers they were particularly interested in two cars stolen from Dartford and Lambeth prior to the gangland-style shooting on Friday, October 17 last year.

Sidcup-born Mr King, 51, formerly of Dartford, was shot four times and died in his home in Medina Road, Ditton at about 3am. Police have also re-opened a shooting investigation at the same address when Mr King and his family had an "incredible escape" after someone shot out the windows in 2006.

DCI Bumpus said: "If you know anything pick up the phone and get in touch.

"This is an absolute tragedy that has happened to a husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbour.

"We have been investigating this for three months and the family have had Christmas to deal with too.

"There may be someone who reads this paper and knows something. However unimportant it seems, even if it is something you think we will already know, call us."

Mr King, who was also known as Shep, was married to Celia, 50, and was unemployed at the time of his murder.

During the Crimewatch programme DCI Bumpus appealed for information on two men and two cars of interest.

CCTV footage shows two people, believed to be involved in the murder, running from Medina Road and getting into a Peugeot 207 cabriolet coupe that had been parked in nearby New Road 25 minutes earlier.

DCI Bumpus said: "The offender (or offenders) showed no regard for Mr King's family. They shot and killed him whilst his wife and grandchildren were sleeping in the room next door.

"On the programme we showed a Peugeot 207 cabriolet coupe and that's very important. It's a sports car that has a hard top that retracts back into the seat. The footage we have is black and white so we cannot say what colour. I need to know where that car came from, where is it now, where was it kept and, more importantly, who is running to it."

The car stolen from Lambeth has the registration number LC08 CWO, the Dartford Peugeot - stolen during a burglary and never recovered - has a registration number of LV08 ETF.

Officers would also like to speak to the drivers of the three white pick-up style vehicles in London Road at the time of the murder. They also want to trace a man seen walking along A20 London Road at about 2.30am.

DCI Bumpus said officers have also re-opened an earlier investigation into a shooting at the home, where his daughter and granddaughter could have been killed.

He said: "It's too early to say if these incidents are linked but the family had an incredible escape and it's a miracle no one was killed."

Call the Kent Police incident room on 01622 654 863, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or email DannyKingappeal@kent.pnn.police.uk.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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