Rhyhiem Barton: renewed appeal to find killer of boy gunned down in Kennington

Kit Heren (06 May, 2021)

Officers are offering a £20,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction

21681Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton

Police are offering a £20,000 reward for any information that helps convict the killer of a teenage boy, on the third anniversary of his death in Kennington.

Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, is believed to have been with a group of friends when he was  shot on the corner of John Ruskin Street and Camberwell New Road on May 5, 2018.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of murdering the budding rapper from the Brandon Estate in June 2018 – but no one has been charged three years on from the killing.

Now officers are offering £20,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Rhyhiem’s killer.

Police are particularly interested in a grey BMW Series 2 Gran Tourer with the registration WT17 CFK that was seen on CCTV around the time of the shooting.

The suspect vehicle seen on a passing bus CCTV camera – photo Met police

Officers think this was the car that the suspects used to make their way to and from the area.

The licence plates at the time of the murder were not real and the true registration should have been BP17 YVV.

The car was stolen in Essex on December 23 2017. Its plates were later replaced.

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Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Rhyhiem’s murder shocked and angered people across London. We are determined to identify and bring to justice those responsible, no matter how long it takes.

“We are confident that this grey BMW Series 2 Gran Tourer was used by the gunman. We know it was stolen from Essex and that it was being used on false plates up to and beyond the date Rhyhiem was murdered. I am appealing to the public to assist us in identifying who was using this vehicle and where it was being kept.

“Did you see it parked in your street? Did you notice it left in a car park? Did you see someone putting it in a garage? Any information, no matter how small, could make the difference.

“I also want to appeal to Rhyhiem’s friends. I’m sure that some of you will know who pulled the trigger. I also know that some of you may not have the most positive view of the police and may feel that coming forward with information is a betrayal or a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Please give us the information to convict the people who killed your friend. We understand that doing so will take tremendous bravery and we are here to support you in any way we can. We are waiting for your call.”

Information can be given to detectives directly by calling the incident room on 0208 721 4005.

It can also be provided anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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