Body Parts Found By Police Investigating Blaise Algar Murder

Former Chiswick school pupil killed after drug dealers took over home

William 'Blaise' Algar
William 'Blaise' Algar


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Detectives investigating the murder of former Chiswick school pupil William ‘Blaise’ Algar have discovered missing body parts after a search in Hounslow this weekend.

On Saturday, 11 January, forensics officers carried out a search in the area of Edgar Road, close to Hounslow Heath, as part of the ongoing investigation into the killing and dismemberment of the 53-year-old.

Whilst identity has not been confirmed, Mr Algar’s family have been updated and continue to receive the support of specially trained officers. A crime scene remains in place and officers are expected to be in the area for several days.

Detective Inspector William White, from Specialist Crime, said, “This is a significant development in our investigation to establish what happened to Blaise.

“The location of our search is in a residential area, close to Hounslow Heath.

“Were you walking on the heath? Did you see anyone carrying anything? I am urging anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously to come forward and speak with us.

“I am also still keen to hear from anyone who had contact with Blaise during November and December last year. He was known to visit the local shops in the Castlenau area – did you notice him or speak to him?

“Our thoughts remain with his family and friends, and we will continue to provide them with the support they need.”

It is believed that Mr Algar was stabbed to death after drug dealers took over his home in Nowell Road, Barnes in a process called cuckooing in which vulnerable people are exploited by gangs. After a search of the property on 3 January police found Mr. Algar’s head and torso wrapped in a sheet but his arms and legs were missing.

Superintendent Richard Smith, of the South West Command Unit, said: "The murder of Mr Algar has caused considerable concern for local people in Barnes and across the borough of Richmond upon Thames.

"Local officers have been working closely with detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command and the local authority to progress this investigation as quickly as possible. My thoughts remain with Mr Algar’s family and friends as they come to terms with the terrible events of the last few weeks."

Mr Algar was a talented jazz trumpeter who attended Chiswick School between 1977-84. He had some mental health issues and was considered to be vulnerable. His family have urged members of the public to come forward if they have any information that would ensure those responsible for his death are brought to justice as swiftly as possible.

The 17-year-old from Kensington & Chelsea has been charged with murder. He has been remanded in custody ahead of a pre-trial hearing on 25 March.

Anyone with information that could assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054, or stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


January 13, 2020

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