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£30,000 Reward For New Information After 1997 Murder

Tuesday 27th May 2014

Police are offering a 30,000 reward for anyone with new information after the murder of a man in Shadwell 17 years ago.kennedyJohn Kennedy. Picture: Met Police

John Kennedy, the brother of Jade Jones from boy band Damage, died after a fight at the Railway Arms pub in Sutton Street in February 1997.

After the murder, a man was charged but not convicted.

The case was reviewed in 2010, and police have been pursuing new leads ever since.

Police believe Mr Kennedy had been on a night out with friends, and was stabbed in the abdomen by someone he knew after 'an animated conversation' developed into a fight.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We know there were people there that night who saw what happened but have chosen for their own reasons not to come forward."

"His family have lived for 17 years now with the heartache of not seeing anyone behind bars for John's murder and they deserve to see justice done."

Scotland Yard said an anonymous note handed in at St George's Town Hall in Shadwell is a "crucial" line of inquiry and appealed for its author to get in touch.