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Wapping pub stabbing in 1997: Police seek anonymous witness

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Image caption John Kennedy was stabbed in the abdomen

An anonymous witness who handed in a note with "vital information" about an unsolved murder is being urged by the police to get in touch.

Father-of-two John Kennedy, 31, from Poplar in east London, died in February 1997 after a fight at the Railway Arms pub, in Sutton Street, Wapping.

Detectives said after fresh appeals in November a note was handed into St George's Town Hall in east London.

The note, which was left a few days later, did not contain contact details.

Det Ch Insp John Sandlin said: "It is clear to us that the author of the note has some vital information that could assist the investigation into John's murder.

"I would urge this person to contact the incident room so that we can speak to them. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure them they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

"It has been 16 years since John was murdered and people move on. Some of those reluctant to talk to us at the time may now feel they are able to."

A £20,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or people who stabbed Mr Kennedy, who was the brother of Jade Jones from the boy band Damage.

A man was arrested and charged with the murder in March 1997 but was not convicted.

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