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28 February 2013, 12:07
The reward for information about the death of a nightclub boss found dead in a Corby hotel room has now been doubled to £10,000.
Northamptonshire Police have matched the reward of up to £5,000 put up by Crimestoppers for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for the death of David Ross.
Officers investigating the death of Mr Ross, who was also known as 'Les' are pleased with the response received from the public since his death on Monday 17 December 2012, but Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "The number of people who attended Les Ross's funeral last week highlighted how popular he was, but also highlighted that only a fraction of people who knew him have so far spoken with us.
“This is key, because we know that Mr Ross was a private man who did not share the all the details of his life with many people, instead choosing to tell different people about different aspects of his life, his relationships and most importantly his concerns and fears.
"Setting up the Rubix Nightclub took a considerable amount of his time and finances. We know that Les had to borrow money to fulfil his ambition, but it is still unclear whether we have accounted for all his borrowing or whether or not this is related to the fatal assault he suffered.
“As well as the burglary to his home on Friday 14 December, we are aware that at various times in the past he had received threats and occasional damage to his vehicles.”
While detectives are investigating whether the assault might be linked to his involvement in the Rubix club, they are also looking to see if it is linked to his work as a doorman and taxi driver or is linked to a relationship.
DCI Kinchin added: "I hope that this reward will encourage people who know who is responsible for his death, or who know of any issues faced by Les, to come forward."
Following the case appearing on Crimewatch, officers believe they have traced and eliminated the Nissan Qashqai vehicle seen in CCTV footage at the scene.
But they still believe it is likely that somebody in The Jamb witnessed the attacker entering or leaving the Village Inn Express between 7.30am and 8.15am on Monday 17 December.
Anyone with information about the death of Les Ross is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police's murder incident room on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.