Father-of-two killed in Morden betting shop attack

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident Police want to speak to this man in connection with the attack

A father-of-two has been killed in an attack at a south London betting shop.

The victim, 55, who has not been formally identified, was found dead at a branch of Ladbrokes in Aberconway Road in Morden at 8:30 BST on Saturday.

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

A police spokesman said it is not known if any money was taken from the betting shop, which is next door to Morden police station.

Serious head injury

Det Ch Insp Nick Scola, from the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, told BBC News the man was alone in the shop when his attacker walked in and forced his way behind the counter.

"We could see the victim had sustained a serious head injury," he said.

"At this point we still have no motive for the incident as we've yet to establish if any money was taken, although robbery is a strong consideration."

Mr Scola said the betting shop was next to a neighbourhood police office which wasn't manned at the time of the incident.

A post-mortem examination of the man's body is due to be held later. He was married with two children.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC London



19 °C 14 °C

BBC Local Live


    That's all for Local Live today. Debabani Majumdar will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

    Weather 17:59:

    It will be a dry but cloudy evening and will remain mainly dry overnight, although there will be a chance of the odd shower towards the early hours.

    Gusty winds will continue throughout the evening and overnight making it feel quite cool across higher ground such as Shooters Hill. Highs of 12C (54F)

    Smoking banned 17:58:

    On this day 30 years ago, smoking was officially banned inside Tube trains, says the Ian Visits blog.

    Smoking on the Tube

    He also explains this wasn't the first time smoking was banned on the Tube.

    Greek left-back heads to Fulham 17:56:

    Fulham have signed Greece international left-back Konstantinos Stafylidis on a season-long loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

    The 20-year-old, who has made one appearance for Greece but was not in their 2014 World Cup squad, is Fulham's sixth summer signing as the relegated club prepares for life in the Championship.

    On air 17:53: BBC London News TV

    On the evening news on BBC One, political editor Tim Donovan looks at calls for London to be able to have tax raising powers.

    Karl Mercer speaks to a woman who spent more than four years waiting for a kidney transplant while her sister died waiting for one.

    Smithfield Market

    And Emma North discovers why Smithfield Market's meat area has prospered - yet the area where fish, fruit and vegetables were once sold has been left derelict for years.

    Chelsea sign Croatian teen 17:48:

    Chelsea have signed 19-year-old midfielder Mario Pasalic from Croatian club Hajduk Split for an undisclosed fee.

    Pasalic, who was in Croatia's provisional World Cup squad and has represented his country at under-21 level, scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for Hajduk in what was his first full season at senior level last year.

    City to Aberdeen flight concern 17:42:

    David Cameron has been urged to intervene to save flights from Aberdeen to London City Airport.

    London City Airport

    In the Commons, Lib Dem Sir Malcolm Bruce complained that British Airways is to axe the route. British Airways say it is a business decision.

    Mixed views on London 17:37: via Facebook

    On BBC London's Facebook page, Karl Trueno thinks London was "done a long time ago", while Phillippe Earnest calls it the "centre of the world".

    They are discussing a report which claims London is the most popular place in the world for tourists.

    Cherry Groce inquest 17:29:

    Jurors at the inquest of a mother whose shooting by police triggered the 1985 Brixton riots have been sent home after a second day of deliberations.

    Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, was wounded and paralysed by armed police during a planned raid at her home in South London nearly three decades ago.

    The jury of five women and six men is considering whether police failures contributed to her death in 2011.

    Oldest sea clock on display 17:19:

    The earliest surviving sea clock is going on display for the first time at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

     Oosterwijck clock

    The Oosterwijck clock dates back to 1662 and was designed to find longitude at sea, which shaped explorers understanding of the world.

    Trusts get financial boost 17:09:

    The Axis Educational Trust in Barnet is one of 890 community projects to be awarded grants totalling £7.6m from the Big Lottery Fund.

    The group will use the £10,000 it is to receive putting on extracurricular literacy and drama programmes for children and parents.

    Call to surrender ivory 16:59:

    Bromley Police Station is calling for residents to surrender products made from ivory and endangered species as part of a London campaign to fight unethical and illegal trade, reports This Is Local London.


    Today, the Met's Wildlife Crime Unit has joined forces with animal charities to call for the public to hand goods in.

    In the papers 16:41:

    The Brent & Kilburn Times says a £405,000 one-bed flat in a new development in Willesden Green is out of reach for most residents.

    It says the 95 flats have been already been sold by Linden Homes to an investor who is marketing the properties in Asia.

    Nephews abused aunt's money 16:30:

    A judge has told two middle-aged brothers they treated a sick elderly aunt's money as "their own private bank", the Court of Protection heard.

    The 86-year-old woman, who has dementia and lives in a care home in north-west London, gave her nephews the power to act as her attorney seven years ago.

    Judge Denzil Lush concluded the pair, who have not been named, breached their fiduciary duties and revoked their power to act as the pensioner's attorney.

    Men 'urinate' against 7/7 memorial 16:20:

    A picture has emerged online of two men believed to be urinating on the Hyde Park memorial to the victims of the 7 July bombings.

    7/7 memorial

    The image, posted on Reddit, was reportedly taken during the British Summertime Festival in the park on Friday night.

    Vauxhall redesign 16:06: Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    And so it begins. The consultation today about the dreadful Vauxhall gyratory and cycle superhighway 5 could be just the start of long-awaited changes on London's streets.

    As this is the first junction to be redone under the mayor's cycling revolution, it will come under intense scrutiny - both from cycling campaigners and motorists who fear it'll make congestion worse.

    Woolf celebrated with show 15:56:

    An exhibition which celebrates Bloomsbury-set writer Virginia Woolf opens tomorrow at the National Portrait Gallery.

    Virginia Woolf exhibition
    Feedback 15:44:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Tax bill payment urged 15:34:

    Former London Stock Exchange boss Clara Furse is said to be one of 33,000 people set to receive letters demanding payment of disputed tax bills.

    Footballer David Beckham is also on the list.

    Hammers sign Poyet 15:25:

    West Ham have announced the signing of midfielder Diego Poyet after agreeing a compensation package with Charlton, reports BBC Sport.

    New West Ham signing Gus Poyet

    The 19-year-old rejected the offer of a new deal with the Addicks and left the Championship club at the end of his contract on 30 June.

    Boy 'stabbed trader over watch' 15:16:

    A boy accused of fatally stabbing a market trader in a row over a stolen watch later denied "poking" the victim to his friends, a court heard today.

    Rashid Naeem was knifed in the chest during a struggle near his stall in Queen's Market in east London, in February, the Old Bailey was told.

    Three teenagers - two aged 15 and one 16-year-old - have gone on trial accused of murdering the 29-year-old. They cannot be named for legal reasons and all deny the charge.

    Car park charge reduction considered 15:06:

    Harrow Borough Council says it is considering a petition to lower car park charges but will have to examine "implications" of any changes, reports the Harrow Times.

    Euston escalators out 14:55:

    Two heavily-used escalators at Euston underground station will not be working from tomorrow as they are being refurbished.

    Transport for London is urging people to use nearby King's Cross St Pancras or Warren Street stations instead.

    Prince goes snorkelling 14:40:

    Prince William has had a go at snorkelling at a London swimming pool.

    Prince William snorkelling

    The event was to mark him taking over as president of the British Sub-Aqua Club from his father Prince Charles.

    Rugby League 14:27:

    London Broncos have signed Italy international hooker Ray Nasso on a two-year deal from 2015.

    The Australian-born 27-year-old has spent two seasons at Sporting Olympique Avignon in France and was previously with Villefranche-de-Rouergue.

    Stabbing victim named 14:17:

    A man from south-east London who died after a street stabbing has been named by police as Hassan Mohammed.

    The 24-year-old, from Camberwell, was found dead in York Road in Southend on Monday night.

    Six men, aged between 17 and 19, and from Southend, Basildon and London, remain in custody.

    Weather 14:02:

    Some brightness early on in the west but cloud will increase from east through the afternoon, eventually bringing occasional rain later in the evening. Windy, especially over higher ground such as Shooters Hill.

    Highs of 23C (73F)

    WW1 memorial made from letters 13:53:

    A memorial built from words rather than bronze and stone is being built to commemorate the start of the First World War.

    Unknown soldier

    People from around the world have been invited to write an imaginary letter to the statue of an unknown soldier at London's Paddington Station.

    More than 6,000 people - including Prime Minister David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Sheila Hancock - have already written their letters.

    Travel 13:40:

    TfL Traffic News tweets that in central London, Goodge Street is queuing eastbound into Tottenham Court Road causing tailbacks to Great Portland Street.

    It said it was checking the traffic light signals for any problems.

    Office blocks for homeless 13:33:

    Two former office blocks in Thornton Heath are set to be leased by the council as flats in order to reduce the number of homeless families placed in bed and breakfasts, writes the Croydon Advertiser.

    On air 13:17: BBC London News TV

    On today's lunchtime news, Nick Beake reports from the High Court as Mark Duggan's family attempt to get the lawful killing inquest verdict overturned.

    Transport correspondent Tom Edwards has the latest on plans to make a notorious junction safer and Emma North is at Smithfield Market to find out what happens next after redevelopment plans were rejected.

    Hockey returns to Olympic Park 13:08:

    BBC London sports reporter Sara Orchard tweets: Bit of #Glasgow2014 #hockey prep in East London at the #investeclondoncup #Scotland v #SouthAfrica

    Hockey match at Olympic Park

    The Investec cup sees England, Scotland, South Africa, Wales and Ireland take on each other at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    Officers lose conviction appeal 12:57:

    Three former Met Police officers involved in a drugs conspiracy have lost their appeal against conviction.

    Thomas Kingston, Thomas Reynolds and Terence O'Connel were jailed in 2000 after a trial which heard key prosecution evidence from former colleague Neil Putnam.

    Today they argued that because Mr Putnam has made unsubstantiated claims relating to the Stephen Lawrence case, doubts must be cast over his credibility and reliability.

    Vauxhall redesign 12:45:

    The proposals for the Vauxhall traffic redesign have been released by Transport for London.

    The plan includes a continuous, largely segregated two-way cycle track between Oval and Pimlico.

    Vauxhall bridge redesign

    The consultation is open until 14 September.

    Vauxhall redesign 12:36: Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    London's cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan says there will be increase in journey times due to changes at Vauxhall but they are needed to make the junction safe.

    On air 12:24: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    On Robert Elms' show, Paul Young and his Los Pacaminos "Tex-Mex" band will be performing live.

    Listen online.

    Organ donations 12:15:

    The number of black and ethnic minority (BME) families agreeing to organ donations in the capital is below average, figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show.

    Figures released show 37% of BME families agree to donate loved ones' organs when they die, while the London-wide rate is nearly 60%.

    Two thirds of people waiting on the transplant list in the capital are of ethnic minority, compared to a third across the UK.

    Vauxhall redesign 12:05:

    The redesign aims to make the area safer for cyclists.

    Police at the scene of the collision

    Early last month, a 52-year-old cyclist was killed in an accident with a tipper truck at the Vauxhall gyratory. It was the sixth cyclist death in London this year.

    Teachers' strike 11:54:

    More than half of Camden's schools are expected to close tomorrow as part of a nationwide teachers' strike.

    The Ham & High newspaper understands that 31 of the borough's 58 schools will be completely closed and another 13 will be at least partially closed.

    The teachers' action is part of a long-running battle with education secretary Michael Gove over performance-related pay, pension schemes and workloads.

    London top for tourists 11:46:

    London is the top destination for international tourists, according to new research.

    Tourists on the River Thames

    The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index found the city also comes out on top for the amount travellers spend, with £11bn expected to be spent here by tourists this year.

    In the papers 11:35:

    The Met has refused to disclose why armed officers raided a house in Thornton Heath in Croydon last night.

    The Croydon Advertiser says police forced entry into the house which was evacuated, along with several adjacent homes. No arrests were made.

    In a statement, the Met said: "We were in the Croydon area for a pre-planned operation which we're not prepared to discuss further for operational reasons."

    London 'should control tax' 11:24:

    In responding to the report, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I am delighted that this excellent report recognises the overwhelming case for granting greater financial powers to London and other English cities that want them.

    Boris Johnson

    "There is a conundrum at the moment in the British constitution which is that Scotland and Wales have had a very great deal of devolution, with more on the way, whereas all the attempts to have symmetry in England have come to nothing."

    London 'should control tax' 11:12:

    London should have tax-raising powers, according to a leading group of MPs.

    The Communities and Local Government Committee said although English authorities had been given more responsibility for spending, they still had far less scope than the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.

    Committee chairman Clive Betts said: "If the citizens of New York, Frankfurt and Tokyo can be trusted with tax-raising powers, why not the people of London, Greater Manchester or the North East?

    Duggan inquest review 10:56: Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Lawyers for Mark Duggan's family have begun a legal challenge against inquest jury's conclusion that he was lawfully killed.

    They have argued that the outcome should be replaced with "open" conclusion or have a fresh inquest ordered because the coroner misdirected the jury. Judges say ruling "almost impossible" before summer break.

    Doorknob starts fire 10:52:

    London Fire Brigade tweets: Knob starts house fire! Yes, that's right, a glass doorknob refracted the suns rays & caused damage to a Clapham home

    House fire aftermath
    Sixth arrest in school abuse probe 10:42:

    A sixth person has been arrested by police investigating historical sex abuse at a private school in Barnes.

    The man was held on suspicion of sexual assault on a child as part of Operation Winthorpe, which is looking into claims of sexual abuse at St Paul's School.

    He was bailed until October.

    Portrait fails to sell 10:28:

    A rare Van Dyck painting which was discovered on the Antiques Roadshow has failed to sell at a London auction.

    Van Dyck portrait

    The painting, which was bought for £400, had an estimate value of £300,0000-500,000.

    Thameslink contract criticised 10:12:

    A spending watchdog has criticised the way the government handled the new Thameslink train contract.

    The National Audit Office said the £2.8bn contract for the commuter service was awarded by the Department for Transport despite not having led a major rolling stock deal before.

    Rail Minister and Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond said the deal was great value for the taxpayer.

    Travel 10:02:

    There's queuing traffic on the A406 at the Chiswick Roundabout, because of a traffic light failure.

    Congestion has reached the A205 Mortlake Road to Kew Green and to the A40 Western Avenue junction. Keep up-to-date with BBC Travel.

    Ambulance ploughs through window 09:53:

    A paramedic managed to escape without injury after her rapid response car crashed through the window of an office in Wandsworth.

    Rapid response vehicles crashes through insurers window
    Harman: Brown 'snubbed me' 09:41:

    Camberwell and Peckham MP Harriet Harman has said former Prime Minister Gordon Brown did not make her a deputy prime minister because she is a woman.

    In an attack on sexism in Westminster, Labour's current deputy leader says she was "surprised" she was not given the title in 2007 and claim that it would not have happened if she had been a man.

    Vauxhall redesign 09:30:

    BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Artist's impression Vauxhall changes. Details for consultation to be released later. Will post when I get them.

    Vauxhall changes

    The redesign is part of plans to remove the Vauxhall one-way system to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

    On this day 09:19:

    In 1877 Wimbledon staged its first lawn tennis championship, at its original site in Worple Road.

    Airport wildlife move 'to cost £2bn' 09:08:

    Experts predict it could cost up to £2bn to provide alternative habitats for wildlife if a proposed Thames Estuary airport is built.

    An estuary airport on the Isle of Grain has been proposed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

    Tell us what you think 09:00:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    Duggan inquest review 08:50:

    Later this morning the judicial review into Mark Duggan's inquest will be held.

    Mark Duggan

    The family is challenging the conclusion that he was lawfully killed, claiming the jury was misdirected by the coroner.

    They are set to argue the jury should have been directed that if it was sure Mr Duggan was not holding a gun, then it could not return a lawful killing conclusion.

    Flight device check 08:41:

    All passengers flying into or out of the UK have been advised to ensure electronic devices in hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be turned on.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) said there could be checks "on some routes into or out of the UK" but did not disclose which routes were involved.

    On air 08:30: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Should we automatically become an organ donor when we die?

    At the moment you have to give consent for your organs to be used. Your family can give consent for you, after death, but can also overrule your wishes.

    What do you think? Vanessa will be debating this on BBC London 94.9 from 0900. Call 020 7224 2000 or text 81333, starting your message 'London'.

    as it happened
    • News, sport, travel, weather for Weds 9 July
    • More updates from 08:00 on Thursday
    • Listen to BBC London 94.9
    Minister in 'sack Cameron' photo op 08:22:

    Conservative minister Matthew Hancock is the latest politician to fall foul of the golden rule of the photo opportunity - always look behind you.

    Matthew Hancock

    The skills minister was snapped at London's South Bank skate park for a piece in Total Politics magazine.

    Sunny spells 08:15:

    Dry with sunny spells for most of the day. Becoming windy in the afternoon, especially over higher ground such as Shooters Hill.

    Cloud increasing during the evening, bringing a chance of rain. Highs of 23C (73F).

    Redbridge flyover closed 08:05: Louise Pepper Journalist, BBC London

    The 406 Redbridge flyover is closed both ways due to a serious collision.

    There are major delays on the approaches from the Crooked Billet roundabout, the Barking flyover, the A12 westbound from Newbury Park and in turn the M11 southbound from J6 of the M25.

    More travel updates are available on BBC London's travel website or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

    08:00: Rebecca Cafe BBC News

    Good morning, I'll be guiding you through BBC Local Live today, bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport from across London.

    Get in touch with your comments and photos by emailing london.locallive@bbc.co.uk



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.