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Sunday, 3 December, 2000, 13:35 GMT
Police bid to break gangland silence
London gangland map
One theory suggested the killings were the latest in a long-running feud
Detectives have made a fresh attempt to break the "wall of silence" surrounding the killing one year ago of two prominent London gangland figures.

Tommy Hole, 57, and Joey "The Crow" Evans, 55, were shot as they watched football in an east London pub on 5 December 1999.

The two masked gunmen fled on foot from the Beckton Arms in Canning Town and have never been caught.

The shooting happened on a Sunday afternoon but police were surprised by the lack of witnesses.

There was feverish speculation in the weeks after the murders about a possible motive.

One theory suggested the killings could have been related to a long-running feud.

Ronnie Knight's brother David was murdered in 1970 by Alfredo Zomparelli.

Victim was prime suspect

Zomparelli was shot dead in 1974. Knight was acquitted in that case but his memoirs said he had asked a friend, Nicky Gerard, to carry out the killing.

Ronnie Knight
Ronnie Knight: Friend of Nicky Gerard
Gerard himself was murdered in 1982 and Hole was later arrested and charged with the murder, but was freed after a key witness opted not to testify.

Hole was later jailed for an armed robbery and had not been long out of prison when he was killed.

Police said there could be numerous motives for the killings.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael O'Keefe, who is leading the inquiry, said: "One year on, my team and I remain dedicated to bringing the killers of Thomas Hole and Joseph Evans to justice and want to speak to anyone who may have vital information that will help us achieve this."

'Killer may have bragged'

He said: "I believe that an individual or individuals know who carried out these murders.

"It is possible that they may have overheard a conversation or have even been told outright by someone involved in the shootings.

"I am appealing to those people with such information to please come forward."

Mr O'Keefe also urged anyone who was in the Beckton Arms or in the area near it on 5 December 1999 to contact the incident room on 020 7275 4336 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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