Police offer £20k reward for info on homophobic murder in graveyard

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olis A £20,000 reward is offered for information on a suspected homophobic murder as people gather to vigil against it hate crimes In the cemetery where his body was found.

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Ranjith Kankanamalage, 50, known as ‘Roy’, On Thursday, 16 August, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park was violently attacked and killed.

Police said fatal injuries were found in his head and post-mortem confirmed that they were caused by blunt force trauma.

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No arrests have been made so far in the “horrific” murder, with police admitting it is causing fear in London’s LGBTQ+ community.

Police have also released CCTV pictures of the two men they want to talk to as they walk through the cemetery at the time of the attack.

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Two potential witnesses pass by the park

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The first of two possible witnesses is described as of medium build, with short, light-colored hair, a dark T-shirt, light blue shorts, dark brown trainers, and a dark complexion. Backpack is.

The other man is also of medium height, but with short dark hair, wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

A Jagran organized by Let Voice Be Heard will be held at the spot on Tuesday at 5 pm.

A spokesperson said: “We are coming together to show our respect to Ranjit. Also send a message to the community that we are all strong together. Our voices need to be heard loudly against any kind of homophobic attack.

“We believe we can stop attacks like this only when we are together.”

Det Supt Pete Wallis from Met Specialist Crime Command: “We understand that given the circumstances of the murder, people may be reluctant to come forward.

“We continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how unimportant, to report it to the police or one of our LGBT+ partners. We are specifically urging two people to come forward. Huh.

“I can assure the public that any information shared will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and consideration. Me and my companions are dedicated to find Ranjit’s killer.”

Derek Lee of the Met’s LGBT+ advisory group said: “We appeal that anyone who knows anything about this heinous crime come forward using the many channels available. We know that, although it is still unsolved This is causing a lot of concern among LGBTQ+ people tower hamlets and all over London.

“We are advising the police on sensitive ways to keep our parks safe and comprehensive reassurance for all communities. Also we request everyone to please use common sense while going home or going out late at night. We all should be cautious.”

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We are deeply saddened and shocked after the senseless murder of Ranjit Kankanamalge.

“Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward so we can ensure the safety of our residents and the LGBT+ community here and in the rest of London.

“Tower Hamlets is no place for proud hate towns and hate crimes of any kind will not be tolerated. We have a rich history of diversity that we celebrate with our work to ensure that we are a safe and united region, free from all forms of hatred. “

Anyone with information should contact 101, referencing 1277/16AUG. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or to GALOP on 0207 7704 2040 or to ELOP on 020 8509 3898.

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