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St Mary Cray 'wall of silence' protecting Tommy Warde's killer
SHATTER the ‘wall of silence’ which has allowed Tommy Warde’s killers to evade capture for two years and help bring them to justice.
This is the plea from the police who are re-appealing for witnesses to speak out about who killed the 17-year-old in Star Lane, St Mary Cray.
Tommy, from Kidbrooke, was riding as the pillion passenger on an off road bike when it went past a group of youths who were throwing cans.
His friend, who was driving the bike, remembers how Tommy suddenly fell backwards from the bike landing in the road.
He saw Tommy had a shard of wood protruding from his head, which doctors say penetrated his skull and pierced deep into his brain.
Emergency services were called and Tommy was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery, but he never regained consciousness and on August 11, 2011, two days after the attack, his life support machine was turned off.
Tommy and his friend had bought the motorbike for £150 on the day of the incident after hearing a group of boys who were riding motorbikes in Star Lane.
They took the bike back to his friend’s house where they repaired it so they could take it back to the park off Star Lane.
The boys walked the bike back along Star Lane on the pavement.
As they walked along the lane they noticed a large group of people who had gathered and felt uncomfortable so decided to ride the bike along the road to avoid the group.
Neither boy had a crash helmet with them.
A £20,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for taking Tommy's life.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Simon Bell said: "We know there were a large group of people who were gathered in Star Lane on the day. “They will have seen what happened and be able to identify the person responsible.
"The police investigation encountered a wall of silence that has remained over the last two years.
“Now time has passed I am hopeful someone may now feel they can now come forward and speak out and help us to bring Tommie's killer to justice."
On February 27 last year John Alan Vincent, of Sandpiper Way, St Mary Cray, who had been charged with Tommie's murder, was discontinued at the Old Bailey.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 020 8721 4906 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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