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£20,000 reward offered for information about Hackney murder

PICTURED: Alex Vanderpuye

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING the murder of Alex Vanderpuye have today announced a reward of £20,000 for information that leads to the conviction of his killer.
Vanderpuye, 24, who was from Hackney, died after being stabbed on December 7 2017.

He was found by police on Christie Road at 4.45pm. Despite the best efforts of paramedics to treat his injury, Vanderpuye died at the scene.

DCI John Marriott, from the Met's homicide and major crime command, who is leading the investigation, said: "I believed that despite the passage of time, there are still members of the public who have information that is vital to our investigation. Our enquiries are continuing and the investigation remains live. I hope that now that some considerable time has elapsed, someone may feel that they can now come forward and assist the investigation.

“It is my hope that the reward, which is available to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest, charge or conviction of those responsible, will encourage anyone who can help to come forward.”

Police believe that the suspects - a group of men - arrived at the scene in a metallic Green Mercedes - a vehicle that was subsequently recovered.

DCI Marriott said: "Hackney is a busy, vibrant borough and we know that the attack took place at a time when lots of people would have been around. Some of Alex's friends were with him at the time and we are also directly appealing to them to come forward as we believe they have vital information.”

Police are also looking for anyone who was near Christie Road and may have seen or heard anything around the time of the murder.

In December 2017, officers arrested three men aged 26, 21 and 25 on suspicion of murder. All three were subsequently released under investigation.

A further five men who were also arrested on suspicion of murder have also been released under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 quoting CRIS 4633256/17, or make contact via Twitter @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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