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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.

Bedfordshire Police renew murder appeal

The scene at Vineyard Way, Kempston

Police are renewing their appeal for information on a murder in Bedfordshire. Sharif Demirsay, who was 65, was stabbed to death in front of his partner at his home in Vineyard Way in Kempston.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by three men wielding knives who then stole cash and jewellery.

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Granddaughter's appeal after murder

The granddaughter of a man stabbed to death in his own home in Bedfordshire has made an emotional plea for information about her grandfather's murder. Sharif Demirsay was brutally killed in front of his partner in Kempston two weeks ago.

In a press conference this afternoon Nina Gill described him as a truly adored man. Elodie Harper reports.

Kempston murder update

Detectives investigating the murder of Kempston man, Sharif Demirsay, are looking into a car fire in Corby Close yesterday morning to establish any connection.

It was was deliberately started by a man who was seen to smash the window of the blue BMW and pour accelerant into it.

Turkish-born Sharif, 65, was killed in his home at Vineyard Way on 14 May at about 9.30pm, when three offenders knocked at his door and when he opened it, they stabbed him to death in front of his partner.

Det Insp Richard Wall of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit said: "We are investigating whether there is a link between this car fire and the murder.

"We are moving ever closer to establish who killed this man and why and we will be relentless in our pursuit of those responsible."

Fresh appeal after stabbing

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Bedfordshire are appealing to the public to help them catch his killers.

65-year-old Sharif Demirsay was stabbed to death in front of his partner, at his home in Vineyard Way in Kempston last Tuesday evening.

A week on the police say they believe he may have been targetted, but they don't know why.

View Olivia Paterson's report...

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Kempston murder - Do you know these men?

Detectives from the Major Crime Unit are still appealing for witnesses in connection with the murder of a Kempston man at his home in Vineyard Way on Tuesday evening.

Turkish-born Serafettin Demirsay – known as Sharif – was stabbed when three men forced their way into his home when he answered a knock at the door at about 9.30pm on Tuesday. A post mortem carried out yesterday showed he died of a stab wound to the chest.

A 68 year old woman, who lived with Sharif, was also injured with relatively superficial knife wounds which were treated in hospital. She is now being looked after by her family and supported by police officers from the MCU. Some money and jewellery were stolen from the house.

A man who was arrested on Wednesday morning from a house in Cotton End just outside Bedford has now been released on conditional police bail, pending further enquiries.

Det Chief Insp Tim Redfearn, of the Beds, Cambs and Herts MCU, stressed that the enquiry is far from finished and appealed to anyone who may have been in the area at the time to make contact with the enquiry team.

“This was a terribly distressing attack on a defenceless man in his own home, in front of his distraught partner,” he said. “We are trying to piece together exactly what happened prior to the stabbing and it is still not at all clear what the motive for this attack was.”

“What we do know is that three men were seen on CCTV approaching the house at about 9.30pm, dressed in dark clothes and with hoods covering their faces. Someone knocked on the door, prompting Sharif to open it.

"Once the men were inside, they launched a violent attack on him and his partner, before running off and turning right, away from the house.“While we have arrested a man, this enquiry is not solved and we do want to hear from anyone else who can help with information about this incident.”

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