Leyton News

Reward offered for clues to still-unsolved Leyton park shooting

Errol was shot three times at close range for reasons unknown
By Victoria Munro

Errol McKenzie was well-liked in the area and known as
Errol McKenzie was well-liked in the area and known as “Cable guy” for his electronics work

Police are offering a £20,000 reward in the hopes of catching whoever shot a man dead in a Leyton park for no apparent reason 12 years ago.

On 11th April, 2010, Errol McKenzie was shot three times at close range while walking home through the Seymour Road playing fields.

Errol, 37, had been in Tottenham that night but left at 10.45pm, travelling back to Leyton and purchasing alcohol in a local shop at 11.15pm.

Instead of heading towards his home only a few minutes away, he turned right and headed to the park. Police believe he was there for around half an hour before his death and may have arranged to meet someone.

Errol leaving the shop that night (credit: Met)

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who was in the park on the night Errol died or who might have seen him in the area or travelling towards Leyton.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said: “Though years have passed, our determination to find out what happened to Errol and bring justice to his still-grieving family remains undiminished.

“There remains no obvious motive for Errol’s murder. He was fondly thought of locally as ‘Cable guy’ or ‘Cable man’, because of his job fixing cable boxes and electrical equipment, and he had been at an address in Tottenham that evening visiting people he knew to discuss the sale of a cable box.

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“Found beside Errol’s body was a white takeaway carton, the alcohol that he had bought, plus a carrier bag with two cable boxes

“We are re-issuing material we have previously put out in the hopes of jogging people’s memories from that night. Alongside that, we are issuing three new images of people we are hoping to identify – a group of males seen walking in Lea Bridge Road, and two males seen on pedal cycles.

People police hope to speak to (credit: Met)

“A £20,000 reward is on offer to anyone who can provide us with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of his killers. Errol’s family still grieves for him daily and the information you have could bring them some peace at long last.”

Errol’s daughter Nicole added: “It’s been 12 years. These guys are still out there, I could be walking past them, I don’t know. We just need some justice and some peace for our family.”

Tylon, Errol’s nephew, said: “It affects us every single year and every day. Please give our family justice and let us rest, please.”

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 3775 quoting ‘Op Trocha’, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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