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Arrest made in almost 40 year old murder case

Police are searching for surviving relatives of victim Christopher Ainscough to tell them the news

02 February, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Christopher Ainscough

A 58-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a man in West Hampstead in 1983.

Anthony Kemp, of no fixed address has been remanded in custody to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, Wednesday, February 3.

Christopher Ainscough, who was 50 at the time, was found dead at an address in Windmill Court, Shoot-Up Hill over 37 years ago.

He had suffered significant head injuries and police believe he had been attacked between December 2 and 5.

An investigation was launched but his attacker was never identified.

The investigation into Mr Ainscough’s murder was reopened after someone attended a police station towards the end of 2020, claiming to have knowledge of the incident.

Arrest made in almost 40 year old cold case

And today (Tuesday, February 2) an arrest was made, the accused remains in custody in a south London police station.



Officers at the time attempted to trace and inform next of kin but were not successful and now the Metropolitan Police are appealing to the public to find any surviving family members to tell them the latest news.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding of the Specialist Crime Command said: “It is nearly 40 years since Christopher Ainscough was murdered and given the significant development in this investigation, we are now putting renewed vigour into identifying his next of kin so we can inform them of this latest news.

“If you knew Christopher or his family circumstances then please get in touch – we want to let his family to know that Christopher remains at the centre of our thoughts and we are doing all we can to get justice for him and his loved ones.”

Anyone that can assist is asked to call the police incident room on 020 8721 4205.


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