Detectives investigating the murder of a man who was struck by a car in Chessington are continuing to appeal for information

detectives investigating the murder of a man who was struck by a car in chessington are continuing to appeal for information

Detectives investigating the murder of a man who was struck by a car in Chessington are continuing to appeal for information.

Police were called to a car in collision with a man on Moor Lane in Chessington at 12.13ams on Friday, 26 July.

The driver did not stop and the man was dragged under the car for some distance.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

Police are now able to name the deceased as 25-year-old Liam Dent from Chessington.

Liam was pronounced dead at the scene, and his next of kin have been receiving support from specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination held at Kingston Mortuary on Saturday, 27 July established cause of death as injuries consistent with a collision.

On Thursday, 1 August a 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of murder by officers in Surrey on behalf of the Met, and taken to a local police station.

He has since been bailed to a date in September.

The car believed to have been involved in the incident, a Ford S Max, was found burnt out on Cyclamen Way in Epsom, approximately one mile from the crime scene. Since then a further two vehicles have been recovered.

Detective Inspector Vicky Tunstall from the Specialist Crime Command, said:

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences remain with Liam’s family and friends, following his death.

“This can only be described as an unimaginably distressing time for them, and we are doing everything in our power to identify those responsible.

“We continue to appeal to witnesses following the significant recovery this week of three vehicles connected with this incident.

“We continue to believe this was a pre-meditated attack.

“As part of our enquiries we are exploring the possibility that a dispute between two groups, one group involving Liam, is understood to have occurred earlier in the evening outside The Lucky Rover pub, on Hook Road, Chessington may be connected to the fatal collision.

“The suspects involved in the incident in the pub were believed to be driving three cars; a grey Ford S Max, index BJ65 OOA, a black BMW, index HJ64 VKV and a silver Volvo V40, index HJ67 SVX.

“All three vehicles were stolen cars on false plates and have now been recovered.

“The Ford S Max was found burnt out in Cyclamen Way, Epsom, the BMW was recovered abandoned in Farriers Road, Epsom and the Volvo also found burnt out in Alexandra Road, Epsom.

“I am appealing directly to anyone who has information or knowledge about the incident in the pub, or anyone connected with Liam’s murder to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously without delay.

“Moor Lane is a busy road – were you travelling along it around 12.10am on 26 July? Do you have any dash cam footage or do you live in the vicinity and have private footage of the incident? Were you in the vicinity of Cyclamen Way in the early hours of 26 July and, if so, did you see anyone acting suspiciously at the location?

“I can provide absolute reassurance that any such information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.”

Any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist police, should call the incident room number on 020 8721 4622 or 101 quoting CAD 96/26July.