‘Help his family get answers’
Reward in hunt for murderer of DC Jim Morrison
THE commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has launched a fresh appeal to track down the killer of Detective Constable Jim Morrison who was stabbed to death in central London after pursuing a suspected bag thief 25 years ago.
DC Morrison was just 26 years old when he was stabbed while trying to arrest a suspect in Covent Garden – now called India Place.
He had been off duty and on his way home to see his wife on December 13, 1991, when he spotted the suspected thief who he confronted, chased and attempted to arrest. The Met Police said despite extensive enquiries at the time, his murder was never solved.
On the 25th anniversary of his death, a reward for information leading to a successful prosecution of DC Morrison’s murder has been raised from £20,000 to £30,000.
Met commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “Jim Morrison was a talented and dedicated officer who lived and worked in the borough of Westminster.
“We have heard that Jim was inspirational, that he had an insatiable appetite for his police work and this his dedication to the job was second to none.
“But in remembering this inspirational officer, we must remember that Jim was a husband, a brother and to many a very dear friend, and that we owe it to Jim to get answers for those dearest to him that remain behind.
“Over the years officers have remained diligent in attempting to solve this case. Allegiances and loyalties can change in the intervening years and I appeal directly to those individuals with information to get in contact. Let’s help the family and his former colleagues get the answers that they need.”
On the night of his murder, DC Morrison had gone to the Nell Gwynne pub at Bull Inn Court for around an hour, before heading home.
However, a group of bag snatchers working nearby had taken a handbag from the Maple Leaf pub that night.
Between 10.15pm and 10.30pm it is believed DC Morrison spotted a suspect involved in the theft. He challenged the man outside the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden Piazza where he was threatened with a knife.
The suspect fled and DC Morrison gave chase, ditching his coat and jacket, following the offender, but in Montreal Place, now called India Place, he was stabbed and killed. No weapon has ever been found.
Close friend of DC Morrison and serving police sergeant, Colin Geddes, said: “Jim and I met at Bow Street Station early in our service.
“We were best men at each others’ weddings. He was a fun man to be around and I had a lot of respect for him as a colleague. His death has left a tremendous gap in the lives of those who knew him.”
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1964, DC Morrison joined the Met Police in 1983 and was posted to what was then Bow Street Police Station.
He is described as a keen and enthusiastic officer and joined the criminal investigation department (CID) in 1988. He married his wife Victoria the same year.
Senior investigating officer in the case, Detective Inspector Will
His bravery tragically resulted in him losing his life”
Reynolds, from the homicide and major crime command, said: “I still think that the key to identifying his killer will be through continued help and information from the community, particularly in the north African community, living and working in London’s West End in 1991.
“DC Morrison trying to protect died the public from a violent offender. He was off duty, unarmed and in plain clothes. With no regard for his own personal safety he chased the offender through the streets in order to arrest him. His bravery and dedication to duty tragically resulted in him losing his life.
“Over the have followed years, we leads in Germany, Belgium, Canada, France and Ireland in attempting to solve this case. I believe there are people who still hold vital information about who is responsible for DC Morrison’s murder.”
The offender was described as being of Algerian or north African origin, 5ft 10 ins tall, and aged between 27 and 30.
He was medium build, clean shaven and had dark collar-length hair, with distinctive tight curls at the front. He was also wearing a tan or brown leather jacket.
Call 020 8721 4205. with information.