Appeal over anonymous letter in Shadwell murder

By Rob Virtue on February 21, 2014 10:20 AM |

Mdr14-97Kennedy.jpgDetectives investigating a murder that took place 16 years ago in a Shadwell pub have appealed for a witness who came forward in December to get back in touch.

John Kennedy, 31, brother of Jade Jones from boy band Damage, died following a flight at the Railway Arms pub in Sutton Street.

Police said an anonymous hand-written note was left at St George's Town Hall in Cable Street.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, said: "It is clear to us that the author of the note has some vital information that could assist the investigation into John's murder. I would urge this person to contact the incident room so that we can speak to them. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure them they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

"It has been 16 years since John was murdered and people move on. Some of those reluctant to talk to us at the time may now feel they are able to."

John, a self-employed electrician. was out with friends on February 7, 1997, and arrived at the Railway Arms at 3am.

He was approached by a man and a confrontation took place whereby the suspect stabbed John in the stomach.

The father-of-two was taken to Royal London Hospital but died at 8.20am.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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