£30,000 reward offered for witnesses to Shadwell murder

By Rob Virtue on May 27, 2014 2:01 PM |


Police are stepping up their campaign to find the murderer of John Kennedy, who was stabbed to death in a Shadwell pub 17 years ago.

They have now increased the reward for information to £30,000 and reaffirmed they will offer protection to anyone who becomes a witness.

Father-of-two John, brother of Jade Jones from boyband Damage, was killed following a fight in the Railway Arms pub in Sutton Street, E1, at 5.50am on February 9, 1997.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We know there were people there that night who saw what happened but have chosen for their own reasons not to come forward.

"We understand they might be scared or have some misplaced loyalty towards the person or people who did this. They may think John's murder was so long ago what they have to say won't matter - but it does matter and any new information or witnesses could make all the difference and allow us to catch John's killer.

"His family have lived for 17 years now with the heartache of not seeing anyone behind bars for John's murder and they deserve to see justice done."

He added: "Please call us - let us personally talk to you about the ways and measures we can take to protect you if you are scared. Let's have that conversation first and reassure you before you tell us in the strictest confidence what you know about the murder.

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An interior shot of the Railway Arms in Shadwell

"We have also increased the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible to £30,000, a substantial sum."

Any witnesses or anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or 07785 555969.