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Murder victim John Avers

Murder hunt in Dagenham hit and run case

A PEDESTRIAN died in Dagenham after being hit by a car – leaving police with the job of finding the driver, who left the scene. The incident occurred in a car park in Whalebone Lane South, a few minutes before midnight on Sunday, 13th September.

Someone phoned the police and said that there had been a collision between a car and a pedestrian. When police and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service reached the scene, they found a man with serious injuries. Sadly, he died at the scene. The victim has been named as John Avers, 47. A post mortem gave his cause of death as multiple injuries.

A few days later police were able to charge two men with murder. They are Bobby Ternent, 31, and Gary Ternent, 58 – both of Movers Lane, Barking. The pair’s first court appearance was at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court. In addition, two women were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They were later released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, who is leading the investigation, said, “My thoughts are with John’s family at this very sad time.We believe that the victim was deliberately harmed and we are treating this as a murder inquiry. I know that there were people in the areas and I am asking them to tell us what they saw or heard. If you know anything at all about this horrible crime, please don’t keep it to yourself.”

Anyone who has any information which may assist police is asked to call them on 101 and quote reference CAD 8443/13Sep. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111 and give information anonymously.

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