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26 June 2013, 14:18 | Updated: 26 June 2013, 14:23
Detectives investigating the murder of Sharif Demirsay in Kempston last month have released a new CCTV picture of a man they want to identify.
The man, who is wearing a hooded coat, can be seen walking close to the scene of the murder in Vineyard Way between 5.39pm and 5.49pm on Tuesday 14 May and police need to find out who he is so they can eliminate him from their enquiries.
Sharif, a 65-year-old grandfather, was killed in his home at around 9.30pm by three men wielding knives who stole cash and jewellery from his 68-year-old partner who also sustained knife injuries to her arm as she bravely tried to defend him.
The latest CCTV joins a string of images published online on social media sites, posters and leaflets to try and draw information out about the motive and perpetrators of the crime. Adverts directed at Kempston and Bedford residents who have Facebook pages also continue along with reminders via Twitter and blue tooth kits, which deliver text messages direct to the mobile phones of people passing the Hartwell Drive/Vineyard Way area.
DI Dan Pawson, the deputy senior investigator for Operation Algeria, said: “By releasing yet more CCTV we hope to piece together who was in the area in the hours running up to Sharif’s murder and whether they saw or heard anything that could help detect this crime. I would urge the person shown on this latest CCTV to come forward, or anyone that recognises him to give us a call.”
“The aim is to get people to think back to the night of the offence, see if they can remember seeing anyone hanging around at the time, can name anyone shown in the CCTV from outside Sharif’s house, or have other information that could bring Sharif’s killers to justice.”
Anyone can see the latest CCTV and other images of the offenders as they approach and leave the house by going to http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/murders.aspx
If you have information that can help, please contact the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit direct on 01480 422791.
Alternatively, contact the non-emergency police 24 hour number 101, text the force control room direct on 07787 200011 or phone independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name but could still earn a cash reward for your information.