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Murder investigation launched in Islington

Body of 79-year-old found in Holloway home

05 May, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Crime scene outside the house in Dalmeny Road

A MURDER investigation has been launched following the death of a pensioner in Holloway.

Anthony Rooks, 79, has been identified by police as the man who was found in Dalmeny Road after they were called there at about 7:20pm on Monday night to reports of a man collapsed and suffering a head injury.

Paramedics attended as well and 79-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “He was a local character. He’s been around for ages. He was a nice old guy. We knew him as Tony and he was always out on his bike.”

Another neighbour, who gave his name as Jam, told the Tribune: “When I moved to this place about 10 years ago he was the first person come over and say hi. He was a very sociable person. We would always see him around the street riding his bike.

“He liked to fix up things and he would go to the Saturday market in Holloway Road pick things up.”

The police cordon on Monday night

Mr Rooks’s next of kin have been informed.

A post mortem examination will be held at the Whittington Hospital on Thursday, May 7.

A 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at a central London police station.

Officers from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating, led by Detective Chief Inspector Neil John. Detectives believe that the victim and suspect were known to each other, but retain an open mind regarding any motive at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0100 or call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing.


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