Ar­rest made in mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

De­tec­tives carry out search of premises four months af­ter death

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

DE­TEC­TIVES in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of Red­wan ElGhaidouni from Hilling­don have made an ar­rest.

On Tues­day, June 16 of­fi­cers ar­rested a 34-yearold man from Uxbridge on sus­pi­cion of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

He was taken into cus­tody at a west Lon­don po­lice sta­tion and de­tec­tives car­ried out searches of premises.

The ar­rest comes four months af­ter 38-year-old Mr El-Ghaidouni was gunned down in the drive­way of the home he shared with his part­ner and three chil­dren in Vine Lane, just be­fore 7pm on Fe­bru­ary 3.

A £50,000 re­ward re­mains on of­fer for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble.

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh of the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “Red­wan had been linked to crim­i­nal­ity and drug im­por­ta­tion in the past.

“I am sure his mur­der re­mains widely talked about in crim­i­nal cir­cles and I would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to ap­proach us in the strictest con­fi­dence.

“This was clearly a wellplanned mur­der and it is likely the gun­man would have had help – if you were in­volved on the pe­riph­ery of this bru­tal crime, please come and speak to us or Crimestop­pers.”

Of­fi­cers are still ask­ing for the public’s help to iden­tify a man who was seen an hour be­fore Mr ElGhaidouni was mur­dered, stand­ing on the verge by a Red­wan’s street. Did any­one see the same man hang­ing round, ei­ther on foot or in a car?

“If you did, I would urge you to get in touch with my team.

“Red­wan left work on the day he was mur­dered at around 5.20pm and nor­mally his jour­ney would take about 30 min­utes, but on that Tues­day he didn’t get home un­til just be­fore 7pm.

“We are still piec­ing to­gether what he was do­ing dur­ing the course of that hour.

“We have traced Red­wan to the gen­eral area of Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal at about 6.30pm, but as yet can­not find a rea­son why.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should call the in­ci­dent room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

n DEATH: Red­wan ElGhaidouni and (above right) an efit of a man seen near his house

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