Ricky Hayden moped theft murder: Police make appeal

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Image caption Ricky Hayden (left) worked as a security guard at the wedding of Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy in 2011

Police investigating the murder of a celebrity bodyguard in east London have appealed for help to trace a moped they believe was used by his killers.

Ricky Hayden, 27, was stabbed to death outside his Chadwell Heath home on Tuesday when he and his father tried to stop thieves stealing his moped.

Det Ch Insp Andrew Packer said finding the silver or grey vehicle was "crucial to the investigation".

Mr Hayden's mother has urged "anyone who knows anything" to contact police.

Suzan Hedges also thanked "the community for all the help and support they have provided so far".

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Image caption He was also a doorman at Kosho bar in Romford and described as the "happiest, funniest guy"

Mr Hayden died a day after he was attacked in Gibbfield Close at about 01:25 BST when he and his father confronted a group of up to four men who were attempting to take his moped.

Scotland Yard believe the killers arrived and left on another grey or silver moped which had a dark coloured box on the rear.

Det Ch Insp Packer said it was "possible that it has been abandoned or hidden in a garage" and called for people to check outbuildings.

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Image caption Mr Hayden's mother has thanked the local community "for all the support and help"

A post-mortem examination found Mr Hayden died from a stab wound to the thigh.

His 46-year-old father Paul was also wounded but has since been released from hospital.

Two teenagers who were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder were subsequently bailed.

One 19 year old is due to return to police in late September, while a 16-year-old who had been due to return in October has been released with no further action.

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