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Fresh appeal for witnesses to shooting of Croydon man during riots

Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Trevor Ellis, 26, was found in his car by police with a gunshot wound to the face on Monday 8th August. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on 9th August. Three men were arrested and bailed but police are still appealing for new witnesses to come forward.

“Trevor Ellis was murdered on a night where Croydon, and in fact London, saw unprecedented levels of violence and disorder,” said Detective Chief Inspector Neil Hutchinson, of Operation Trident.

“I believe his killers were actively involved in looting and responsible for robbing at least two people that night. They thought nothing of arming themselves with a gun and ultimately taking a young man’s life leaving four young children without a father. ”

Mr Ellis had travelled to the Croydon area earlier on Monday 8 August in the company of a group of friends. Police believe the group became involved in an altercation with a group of nine individuals. This altercation culminated in a car chase involving 3 vehicles. It began in Scarbrook Road, Croydon, and passed along the A232 flyover into Duppas Hill Road where Mr Ellis was shot.

Police are keen to speak to any witnesses to the chase, which involved a dark coloured estate car and silver hatchback – believed to have been driven by the group of nine – and a dark hatchback in which Mr Ellis was a passenger.

Four men have so far been arrested in connection with Mr Ellis’ murder. One man was arrested by officers from Operation Trident, which is the Metropolitan Police’s specialist unit that deals with gun crime in the black community, working alongside CO19 specialist firearms officers. All of the arrested men have been bailed to return on September 12th.

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