His brav­ery trag­i­cally re­sulted in him los­ing his life”

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS -

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 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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