Anniversary appeal at Hove murder scene
18 February 2013
Sussex Police officers will this evening (Monday 18 February) be
revisiting the pitch and putt area of Hove where the body of Lea
Williams was found on Monday 11 February and handing out flyers to
passers-by for information to help catch his killer(s).
Lea's body was discovered by local project workers in an archway
also referred to as the 'back caves' at around 8.30pm. A post
mortem revealed he died from severe injuries to his face and head
caused by a heavy object. Other injuries to his body included
multiple fractures to his ribs.
Detective Inspector Wendy Burton from Surrey and Sussex Major
Crime Team said: "It's one week since Lea's body was discovered
with appalling injuries in an archway overlooking the pitch and
putt in Hove. Detectives and local neighbourhood officers have been
working round the clock to find his killer(s). I cannot stress
enough how important it is for anyone who knew Lea or knows why
someone would want to inflict such horrendous injuries on him, to
please get in touch. His killer(s) must be caught and brought to
"Between 6pm and 8pm this evening (18 February) uniformed
officers will be handing out flyers to passers-by who may have been
in the area leading up to the discovery of Lea's body, heard or saw
suspicious activity but thought it not relevant at the time. The
flyers feature two images of Lea, a description and an appeal for
"I would like to thank those members of the street community and
local residents, who knew Lea, and have already contacted us.
However, I believe there are others who have not yet come forward
and may hold vital information and clues as to why Lea was savagely
attacked and killed."
Lea Williams was 5' 9" of slim build with short brown hair, brown
beard and had a distinctive barbed wire tattoo across his collar
bone. He quite often wore glasses with very thick lenses. The last
reported sighting of him was around on 8.45am the morning of Sunday
10 February in the alcove where he had been living for the past
year. Please call 101 quoting Op Depot or alternatively leave an
anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111 if you knew him or know his killer(s).
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