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Police offer £10,000 reward in murder hunt

Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have offered a £10,000 reward in the hunt for the killers of a Kempston pensioner.

Turkish-born Sharif Demirsay, 65, was stabbed to death in front of his partner after being attacked by three robbers in the hallway of their bungalow.

Mr Demirsay's 68-year-old partner was hurt as she tried to fight off the men who had got into their home in Vineyard Way on May 14 this year.

They stabbed him multiple times. As he lay dying in the hallway the attackers demanded money and jewellery form his partner, who was also stabbed and needed surgery.

£1,000 cash and gold jewellery was taken.

Police are still searching for the murder weapons - believed to be kitchen knives - that could have been discarded in hedgerows or gardens by the killers as they left the scene.

CCTV shows them approaching the house at 9.32. Three minutes later the same men run back the way they came.

Four people have been arrested and bailed by the police. They are aged, 17, 18, 19 and 24.


Driver jailed for travelling the wrong way up A1 while four times over the drink drive limit

A drunk driver who drove the wrong way up the A1 while four times the legal limit has been jailed.

Sandeep Raj, 32, of Margetts Road, Kempston, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (July 12) and was jailed for nine months and disqualified from driving for two years.

He had pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving at an earlier hearing in May.

Raj was arrested at 9.15pm on Saturday, April 27, after members of the public called the control room reporting a car was travelling north on the southbound carriageway at Eaton Socon.

Kempston murder - new CCTV

CCTV pictures Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Sharif Demirsay in Kempston near Bedford last month have issued new CCTV of a man they would like to identify.The man, who is wearing a hooded coat, was walking close to the scene of the murder in Vineyard Way on Tuesday 14 May.

CCTV image Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives need to establish who he is in order to eliminate him from their enquiries. Sharif, a 65-year-old grandfather who was known as Omar, was killed by three men wielding knives.They stole cash and jewellery from his 68-year-old partner, who also suffered knife injuries to her arm.

Detectives launch fresh appeal over Kempston murder

Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives in Kempston are making a fresh appeal for information about the murder of Sharif Demirsay. Sharif, 65, was killed a month ago in his home at Vineyard Way by three men with knives who then stole cash and jewellery from his partner’s handbag.

Sharif was stabbed a number of times and despite the efforts of neighbours and family who gave first aid, he died from a wound to the chest.

Now detectives are putting adverts on Facebook and Twitter, and using bluetooth to directly message people passing the Hartwell Drive/Vineyard Way area.

The aim is to get people to think back to the night of the offence, see if they can remember seeing anyone hanging around at the time, can name anyone shown in the CCTV from outside Sharif’s house, or have other information that could bring Sharif’s killers to justice.

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