Reward and appeal for information in the 2017 murder of Alex Vanderpuye in Hackney


Detectives investigating the murder of Alex Vanderpuye in Hackney in 2017 have offered a reward of £20,000 for information that leads to the conviction of the killer.

Alex Vanderpuye, 24, who was from Hackney, was found by police on Christie Road at 16:45rs on Thursday, 7 December 2017. He had been stabbed.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics to treat his injury, Alex died at the scene at 17:20hrs. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound.

Detective Chief Inspector John Marriott, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: “I believed that despite the passage of time, there are still members of the public who have information that is vital to our investigation. Our enquiries are continuing and the investigation remains live. I hope that now that some considerable time has elapsed, someone may feel that they can now come forward and assist the investigation.

“It is my hope that the reward, which is available to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest, charge or conviction of those responsible, will encourage anyone who can help to come forward.

“Hackney is a busy, vibrant borough and we know that the attack took place at a time when lots of people would have been around. Some of Alex’s friends were with him at the time and we are also directly appealing to them to come forward as we believe they have vital information.

“We are also looking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the vicinity of Christie Road at the junction with Cassland Road from around the 16:30hrs on that day – Thursday, 7 December in 2017.

“Alex is survived by his father and his older brother who want, and deserve, justice.”

Police believe that the suspects – a group of men – arrived at the scene in a metallic Green Mercedes – a vehicle that was subsequently recovered.

On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, officers arrested three males on suspicion of murder: a 26-year-old man [A] a 21-year-old man [B] and a 25-year-old man [C]. All three were subsequently released under investigation.

Five further men [D] to [H] who were also arrested on suspicion of murder have also been released under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 quoting CRIS 4633256/17, or make contact via Twitter @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.