Case: Tied up and left to die: Alan Holmes
Alan Holmes
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Robbery
Case synopsis:

Alan Holmes, a 53 year-old garage hand who worked at Kentish Town Police station, was tied up and left to die at his home in Camden, north London, during Christmas 1995.

He was dropped off by friends at his flat in Parkway at around midnight on December 25 but failed to report to work over the following week.

It was only on January 4, 1996, that police officers forced entry and found him tied hand and foot to his bed, face down and fully dressed.

Although still alive, he was critically ill due to dehydration and being restrained in the same position.

Before his death, he managed to tell officers that he had been left tied up since Boxing Day - although one of his killers had returned to the flat following the attack.

Alan died on January 5 from blood clotting due to his injuries.

Police believe that his killers tortured him into handing over two Natwest bank cards and his PIN numbers before leaving him to die.

CCTV cameras recorded a total of £1,000 being withdrawn but the images have not helped to identify any of the suspects.

One original line of enquiry was that the attack was carried out by members of the homeless community.

Making an appeal for witnesses in December 2010, DCI John Oldham of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: "It is now 15 years since Alan was killed and those responsible have never been held to account.

"We hope that another year on, our re-appeals reach someone who may have information that will help the enquiry. I hope they now feel that they can come forward and speak to police."

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Incident Room in Putney on 020 8785 8244 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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