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Deptford double murder: CCTV of 'extremely important' suspect

The suspect pictured walking in Deptford Broadway on 2 December Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The suspect pictured walking in Deptford Broadway on 2 December

A detailed description of a man wanted in connection with the double murder of a father and daughter in south east London has been released by police.

Marie Brown, 41, and her father Noel, 69, were found dead at his Deptford flat on 4 December - days after the pair were strangled.

The suspect is seen walking in the area wearing a "distinctive" rucksack.

Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said it was "extremely important" that the suspect was traced.

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Image caption Marie Brown and Noel Brown were found dead on 4 December

CCTV from 2 December shows the suspect walking along Deptford Broadway and then Reginald Road, a street close to Mr Brown's home on New Butt Lane, at about 05:00 GMT.

The sequence of clips show a man who appears to be aged in his 20s or 30s, dressed in a hooded top, dark jacket and trousers or jogging bottoms and, dark trainers.

Police say the same footage appears to show the suspect avoid a woman wearing a light-coloured jacket.

Det Ch Insp Harding said: "We know from this footage and other information we have obtained that this individual can be placed at key locations.

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Image caption The suspect is believed to be in his 20s or 30s

"We also deem that his behaviour raises questions, and it is for all of these reasons I believe him to be a suspect for the murders."

Police now believe it is "highly likely" Mr Brown was killed overnight from 30 November into 1 December.

Detectives say Ms Brown was killed soon after she entered her father's home at about midday on 2 December.

Ms Brown worked at Ivydale Primary School, in Nunhead, and was described by the head teacher as an "incredibly kind, loving person and a valued member of staff".

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Image caption Noel Brown visited a Paddy Power betting shop in the hours before his death

Speaking exclusively to BBC London, Helen Ingham said: "The school is still in shock.

"It was horrendous news to receive and we are devastated and also united in the sadness and grief at what had happened."

Police say a key part of the murder investigation surrounds Mr Brown's lifestyle, and police say he was known to frequent a nearby Paddy Power betting shop.

Sex offender

Det Ch Insp Harding said: "Noel had never won any significant money, he won something like 39p on the day he was last seen."

After Mr Brown's death, detectives revealed he was convicted of a sex offence and jailed in 1999.

However, Det Supt Paul Monk said that was not "screaming out" as a motive for his murder.

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