Kent

Family appeal three years after Pluckley murder

Andrew Cresswell
Image caption Andrew Cresswell was found dead at the cafe he owned in November 2008

The family of a cafe owner murdered in Kent three years ago have issued a new appeal for information.

In November 2008 the body of Andrew Cresswell, 51, from Pluckley, was found at his unit on the Pivington Mill industrial estate, in Pluckley.

He had been hit over the head with a weapon, and police investigated the theory that he had disturbed intruders.

A convoy of motorcycles will travel through Kent on Saturday with posters appealing for information.

Sue Harris, Mr Cresswell's sister, said: "He maybe heard a disturbance and went outside where he was killed.

"Police think it was an attempted burglary."

She described him as a "bit of a maverick".

"It seems that he didn't have any enemies, and was a very popular person and I don't think it was personal, and that's what the police think too," she said.

Appeal for witnesses

Mr Cresswell lived on the premises where he ran the cafe and also had a workshop.

Three men arrested on suspicion of murder soon after the killing were later released.

The motorcycle convoy starting from Kingsnorth will be displaying images of Mr Cresswell and urging witnesses to contact Kent Police.

Ms Harris said: "We don't want him to be forgotten."

Det Ch Insp Maria Shepherd, who is in charge of the investigation, said: "Kent Police will never close the books on a crime and any information that comes forward will be fully investigated.

"We believe that someone knows who is responsible for Andrew's death and I would like to ask anyone who may have information about this case to contact Kent Police."

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