‘Help his fam­ily get an­swers’

Re­ward in hunt for mur­derer of DC Jim Mor­ri­son

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

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.

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