Brighton murder hunt detectives urge car owners to come forward

Posted On 25 May 2011 at 2:08 am

Customers of a Brighton garage are being asked to contact detectives trying to solve a murder case.

The owner of a red Ford Mondeo taken to Kops Cars in Little Western Street is among those being sought by Sussex Police.

Officers have already spoken to some owners of cars taken to the garage, which is on the border with Hove, as they try to solve the murder of Portslade father Gary Hampson.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley said: “I am appealing for the owners of cars that were left at the garage during January this year to make contact with us.

“We have identified a number of vehicles and already spoken to the owners.

“But we are particularly interested in tracing a red Ford Mondeo that was seen at the garage during January.

“We are continuing to search methodically for Gary’s body at selected locations around the A281 north of Cowfold.

“We are expected to cross the border and concentrate searching in Surrey on Thursday (tomorrow).

“I would like to thank the public for their support and understanding during this sensitive investigation.”

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Mr Hampson, 42, of Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, was reported missing in January after he failed to contact his 10-year-old daughter despite being in regular contact with her.

Detectives are now conducting a murder investigation after finding a significant amount of Mr Hampson’s blood at Kop Cars garage, which he managed.

Daniel Alexander, 61, of no fixed address, has been charged with his murder and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Roy Bartup, 57, of Natal Road, Brighton, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

They remain in custody awaiting trial.

A 48-year-old man from Brighton arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until today (Wednesday 25 May) has been rebailed until Monday 20 June.

A 66-year-old Brighton woman arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until Friday 17 June.

A 25-year-old man from Brighton, who was arrested on Monday 9 May on suspicion of helping an offender was bailed until Friday 10 June.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 6070999 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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