£1,000 reward on offer in hunt for killer

November 27 2018

A REWARD of £1,000 is being offered to help identify the people responsible for the killing of a man in Fishponds.

Police have launched a new social media campaign using messaging app Snapchat, to take their search for information about the death of Ronald Leigh to people who may have not seen earlier appeals. Six out of 10 Snapchat users are aged under 24.

Officers have created a Snapchat story in the hope of identifying those involved in the death of 21-year-old Mr Leigh, who was stabbed in Gill Avenue, and a serious assault on Oneil Yearde, 46.

Mr Yearde, who was attacked on Downend Road, was named for the first time in the Snapchat appeal.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Mike Buck said: “We’ve issued several appeals through traditional media, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, but we’re now using Snapchat as we felt we needed to reach another audience.

“We believe there are people who have information which could help us provide answers to both families and obtain justice for them but, for whatever reason, have not come forward with it.”

Police believe the attack on Mr Leigh, shortly before 7pm on October 9, “led directly” to the assault on Mr Yearde by “multiple people” at a bus stop near the Downend Road shops at 8.40pm the same evening.

The £1,000 reward, for anyone who provides information leading to a charge in the case, has been offered by charity Crimestoppers.

Mr Leigh died of his injuries three days after being attacked, while Avon and Somerset police say Mr Yearde remains in hospital with life changing injuries.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the assault on Mr Yearde but no charges have yet been brought.

Mr Buck said: “If you have any information about either incident, in particular who was involved, please get in touch with us or provide it to Crimestoppers.

“You don’t have to provide your name and you could earn yourself a reward of £1,000 if the information you provide leads to someone being charged.”

People with information should contact the major crime investigation team online at www.mipp.police.uk or call 101, quoting the crime reference number 5218 226 466.

Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.