50-year-old Ranjith Kankanamalage, known as ‘Roy’, was violently attacked and killed in the park on Monday, 16 August. Officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating his murder, which has been categorised as a homophobic hate crime.
In addition to the offer of a financial reward, they are releasing images of two men who they know to have been in the vicinity of the cemetery at the time of the attack and who may hold information that could prove invaluable to the investigation.
The first of the two possible witnesses (shown in image N306) is described as medium build, with short, light-coloured hair, wearing a dark t-shirt, light blue shorts, dark brown trainers and carrying a black backpack.
“We continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they believe it to be, to report it to police or any of our LGBT+ partners. We are particularly appealing to the two people pictured to come forward.
Derek Lee, from the Met’s LGBT+ Advisory Group, said: “We appeal for anyone who knows anything about this horrendous crime to come forward using the many channels available. We are aware that, while it remains unsolved, this is causing considerable concern amongst LGBTQ+ people in Tower Hamlets and across London.
“We are advising the police on sensitive ways of keeping our parks safe and wider reassurance for all communities. At the same time we ask everyone to please use common sense when going home or out late at night. We must all be vigilant.”
“Tower Hamlets is proudly a No Place for Hate borough and hate crimes of any sort will not be tolerated. We have a rich history of diversity which we celebrate alongside our work to ensure we are a safe and cohesive borough, free from all forms of hate.”
Anyone with information should contact 101, giving the reference 1277/16AUG
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or to