Renewed Met appeal and reward for information on brutal shooting of Ilford doorman Christopher Lombard 20 years ago

Christopher Lombard who was shot while working as a doorman in Ilford in 1996

Christopher Lombard who was shot while working as a doorman in Ilford in 1996 - Credit: Archant

Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of Ilford nightclub doorman Christopher Lombard 20 years ago have once again appealed for information.

They have re-released CCTV footage of the attack, as well as pictures of the suspects, and there is a £20,000 reward available for information leading to the prosecution of Christopher’s murderers.

Christopher, 30, was working at the Island nightclub, in High Road, on December 1 1996, when he was gunned down in the foyer at 3.35am.

A few minutes earlier the two suspects had tried to get into the night, which was attended by around 1,600 people, but other clubbers had told them doors had closed at 3am.

They knocked on the door to get the attention of staff, and when Christopher and two other bouncers came over fired seven shots through the glass doors into the club.

An Efit released by police of a suspect involved with the 1996 murder of Christopher Lombard

An Efit released by police of a suspect involved with the 1996 murder of Christopher Lombard - Credit: Archant


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Christopher, of Green Lane, was hit several times and died of a gunshot wound in his head.

The men fled along Green Lane and got into a silver car parked between Connaught Lane and St Mary’s Road, which sped off towards Goodmayes.

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Despite the case being thoroughly investigated at the time and subsequent appeals, no one was ever charged.

In December Christopher’s sister Cheryl Fry told the Recorder it would be closure for their 86-year-old mother Thelma if someone was found and prosecuted.

An Efit released by police of a suspect involved with the murder of Christopher Lombard in 1996

An Efit released by police of a suspect involved with the murder of Christopher Lombard in 1996 - Credit: Archant

Det Insp Rita Tierney said that in the years that have passed “it is likely that the gunman has told people about the incident”.

“I ask that anyone with information, no matter how small, contact us as soon as possible,” she continued.

“After all these years, Mr Lombard’s family deserves to know who took him from them.

“Christopher was a law-abiding man who was just doing his job that evening when he was brutally gunned down.

Christopher Lombard

Christopher Lombard - Credit: Archant

“It appears that the doormen were deliberately targeted – possibly because of an earlier incident between them and the suspects.”

The gunman is described as a very dark-skinned black man, aged 17 to 20 and 5ft 8ins, with hair shaved at the sides and closely cropped on top.

He had a small circular scar above his right eye and another circular scar to the right of his mouth. He wore a dark top or jacket.

A second suspect is described as being of Mediterranean appearance, possibly Greek or Turkish, aged 18 to 25 and between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 10ins.

He had dark hair and a moustache and wearing was a hat and light-coloured top or jacket.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Crime Unit incident room on 020 8345 3868 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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