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25 years on, who left police mechanic Alan Holmes tied up to die?

Police mechanic died from blood clots and dehydration after being bound to his bed

31 December, 2020 — By Richard Osley

HE is the ghost of Christmas past, a murder victim whose killer got away with one of Camden Town’s most heartless crimes.

But the New Journal resolved many years ago that police mechanic Alan Holmes’ name would not be forgotten, however far from being solved the case now looks.

This Christmas Day marked the grim 25th anniversary since he was attacked in his own flat in Parkway by an intruder, who left him tied face down to his bed.


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The thief – or thieves – were after his pin codes for his bank account. Around £1,000 was withdrawn, but his killer did not return to free him. Living alone, nobody heard his cries for help over the holiday shutdown.

He was only discovered after not reporting for work at Holmes Police Station in Kentish Town in January. He was still alive and, although struggling to breathe, gave some account of what had happened. But after days without food or water, he was dehydrated and suffering from blood cuts caused by the tight binds on his wrists.

Mr Holmes, 53, died on January 5, 1996. Each year in his memory, we publish an appeal for anyone with information to contact the police.

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