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Last Updated: Friday, 16 September 2005, 01:04 GMT 02:04 UK
Toni-Ann murder hunt moves north
Toni-Ann Byfield
Toni-Ann is thought to have witnessed a murder
Police investigating the murder of schoolgirl Toni-Ann Byfield believe the prime suspect is living in the north.

The seven-year-old was shot after it is believed she witnessed the murder of crack dealer Bertram Byfield, the man she thought was her father.

Officers believe the 41-year-old, shot in Harlesden, north-west London, was killed because of a drug debt.

They said they were hunting a man they believe to be involved in drugs and gun crime in Liverpool or Manchester.

Detectives renewed their appeal for information about the case on Thursday night's BBC's Crimewatch programme.

We believe he has gang connections in north west London and a London accent
Det Ch Insp Neil Basu

The man, described as a black man in his early 30s, is thought to have moved to north west England from London early in 2004.

Police were led to the suspect after calls from two separate people - one from the north west and one from London - identifying the man, and a street name.

Det Ch Insp Neil Basu, of Operation Trident, said: "We desperately need more information about the man we are looking for.

"We believe he has gang connections in north west London and a London accent.

"The man may stand out among the close-knit criminal communities in Liverpool and Manchester because we do not think he had previous links there when he moved up in 2004.

"We urge both the caller from the north west of England and the caller from London to get back in touch with us so we can find those who mercilessly killed Toni Ann and Bertram Byfield."

No charges

Toni-Ann had only been in London a few weeks and had previously been in the care of Birmingham social services, where she had been placed with a foster family.

She had been allowed to visit Mr Byfield while they were on holiday.

Both were found dead in a bedsit at a block of flats in Harrow Road just after midnight on 14 September 2003.

Although five people have been arrested during the murder inquiry - and a 25,000 reward is on offer - no-one has been charged.




SEE ALSO:
Crimewatch appeal over murders
21 Sep 04 |  England
New reward over Toni-Ann murder
14 Sep 04 |  London


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