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Private eye murder quiz continues

Daniel Morgan (picture: Justice for Daniel website)
Daniel Morgan, who died in March 1987, was a father-of-two

Police have been given more time to question two new suspects in connection with the 1987 murder of a private investigator in a London pub car park.

Daniel Morgan, 37, who grew up in Monmouthshire, was found with an axe in his head in Sydenham 21 years ago.

Another three men are being questioned after answering bail. Police have until 0400 BST Thursday to charge or release two of the five men.

A police officer was bailed after questioning on misconduct claims.

Police say the officer's arrest was not connected with the murder but is in relation to recent events linked to the five other arrests.

He was yesterday released on bail until 2 June pending further investigations, Scotland Yard said.

The two men arrested on Monday are understood to be 61-year-old Sidney Fillery, a former policeman; and Jonathan Rees, 53, Daniel Morgan's former business partner.

Mr Morgan, originally from the village of Llanfrechfa, jointly ran a security firm called Southern Investigations which employed off-duty police officers. His body was found at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham on 10 March, 1987.

Mr Morgan's mother Isobel Hulsmann, from Hay-on-Wye, Powys, and his brother Alastair, from London, have campaigned for justice ever since.

The Metropolitan Police say they believe Mr Morgan was killed because he was about to expose a drugs conspiracy linked to police corruption.


There have been five police investigations, but no one has been convicted of his murder.

Assistant Commissioner of the Met, John Yates, who is in overall charge of the re-investigation, said: "The one consistent theme throughout has been the astonishing determination of the Morgan family to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice."

"The current investigation has shown that there are still people out there who have highly pertinent evidence about this case. The arrests today demonstrate the Met's continued determination to bring those responsible to justice.

"I also hope that these arrests are a reassurance to those in the community who also have information or evidence about what happened to Daniel.

"We have long said that within South London the identity of those responsible for the murder is one of the worst kept local secrets. I urge anyone with any information, however small, to get in touch with us," Mr Yates.

Anyone with information about Mr Morgan's death should contact either the investigation team in confidence on 020 7230 5925 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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