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Monday, 17 December, 2001, 14:42 GMT
CCTV clues over 'callous' killing
JJB sports shop
Mr Clarke was killed as he locked up the shop
Detectives are studying CCTV footage to try to trace the killers of a sports shop manager in east London.

Carlton Maxwell-Clarke, 36, was killed at JJB Sports in Alpine Way, Beckton, after two men entered the store carrying a gun and a knife.

A 50,000 reward has been put up by JJB Sports for information leading to the killers' convictions.

A police spokeswoman said: "Detectives are examining CCTV footage in the hope it helps the inquiry."

'Tragic time'

The store did not have in-store cameras, and a Scotland Yard spokeswoman refused to say where the images were taken from.

JJB Sports have condemned the murder of Mr Maxwell-Clarke from Barking in Essex.

Duncan Waller, director of JJB Sports, said: "The thoughts of the chairman, directors and everyone at JJB Sports go out to the family at this tragic time.

"The company is offering a 50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of this awful crime."

Mr Maxwell-Clarke, who leaves a wife Alessandra, 28, and 19-month-old son, was stabbed when he was closing up the shop on Friday evening.

White Fiesta

The two suspects led the manager and a 20-year-old female shop assistant back into the store.

The police believe a tussle broke out between Mr Maxwell-Clarke and the robbers during which he was stabbed.

The female shop assistant was then frogmarched with a knife pressed to her neck to the safe.

When she was unable to open the safe she was taken back to the manager who was lying on the floor with a gun held to his head.

The suspect with the knife returned to the safe and stole some cash before making off in a white Fiesta-type car.

'Callous' attack

The robbers are described as Asian and about 25 years old.

Police were alerted about the stabbing at 2030 GMT.

Mr Maxwell-Clarke was pronounced dead by a doctor at the scene.

Detective Inspector Ron Scott, of Scotland Yard's Serious Crime Group East, branded the attack as "callous".

He said trained police liaison officers were counselling the victim's wife and family.

The shop assistant was punched in the face during the attack and is also deeply traumatised.

It is hoped detectives will be able to interview her in the next few days.

An inquest will be opened and adjourned in due course.

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