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Family urge witnesses of Tooting student murder to speak out

WITNESS APPEAL: Lewis Elwin

ONE WEEK on from the murder of 20-year-old student Lewis Elwin in Tooting, south London, police have renewed their appeal for witnesses.

Officers returned to the scene of the crime today (April 25) to hand out appeal leaflets and speak to members of the public.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for Lewis's murder.

On the day of his death, Lewis, who was training to become an electrician at Merton College, was dropped off in Moyser Road, at the junction with Ribblesdale Road. He was seen walking towards Mitcham Lane at about 3.30pm.

While Lewis was in Moyser Road, he called a friend at 3.36pm, and they made arrangements to meet.

At 3.40pm, Lewis was seen jogging along Penwortham Road from the direction of Moyser Road. He was heading towards Thrale Road where he collapsed.

It is believed Lewis was knifed in the back by a gang who ambushed him in broad daylight as he walked alone and “had already been stabbed when he was seen jogging along Penwortham Road”, Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway, leading the investigation, said

"We have spoken to a number of local people but have limited information about the events of that day. I am appealing to anyone who is yet to come forward to do so with the confidence that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity,” she added.

A statement from the family called on “any information that could help find and bring the cowardly killer or killers to justice”.

"Words can't describe the pain and loss we feel. We are still in shock. We pray that this doesn't happen to your son, your brother, your family.

"But if our community continue to stay silent then Lewis's senseless murder would have been for nothing. Now is the time to come together and unite in our fight against knife crime; and the epidemic of murders plaguing our young men.

"Someone knows what happened to Lewis. Please contact Crimestoppers anonymously. Any information is vital, no matter how big or small to the investigation. Your name, contact details or any other personal information will not be taken or disclosed. But the information provided could lead us to Lewis's killer or killers and help him to truly rest in peace."

Lewis, a former pupil of Graveney School, grew up in Southfields with his mother Sandra, who works for Wandsworth Council, and his father Peter, a council disabled community transport driver. He had a younger sister and four half-brothers.

He is said to have been deeply affected by the death of his father aged 72 from a sudden adverse reaction to an angiogram in St George’s Hospital.

He had enrolled in Merton College where he was in his third year after taking a decision to “make something of his life” after being stabbed several years ago, the publication reported.

A post-mortem examination at St George's Hospital Mortuary on 19 April gave the cause of his death as a stab wound through his back.

Those with information will not have to give any personal details about themselves; all Crimestoppers wants is your information through 0800 555 111 or the anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. Information given to police will not qualify.

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