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UPDATE: Murder investigation launched in Chessington

News   •   Jul 26, 2019 12:20 BST

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was struck by a car in Chessington.

Homicide detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after the car failed to stop. 

Police were called to a car in collision with a man on Moor Lane in Chessington at 00:13hrs 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. The man, believed to be aged 25 years, was pronounced dead on Moor Lane. 

Police believe they know the man’s identity and his next of kin have been informed. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

There has been no arrest. Enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances.

The car, a Ford S Max was found on Cyclamen Way in Epsom burnt out, approximately one mile from the crime scene. 

Road closures remain in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, Specialist Crime, said: “This appears to be a pre-meditated attack where the driver collided with the victim and then dragged him for half a mile before making off. This is one of the most horrific and callous incidents I have ever come across where the driver of the vehicle (Ford S Max) has left the victim to die in the road where he was found by his friends. I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward, equally anyone who may have footage of the incident please contact us.”

Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, who leads South West London Command, said: “My thoughts are with the family of the man who has died in this awful incident. We appreciate the support and cooperation of the Chessington community whilst road closures remain in place in order for a thorough scene investigation to be carried out. Our officers are available at the scene to talk to local residents with any concerns or information.”

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. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.