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Reward of £20k offered in Dagenham doorman's disappearance

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

By Piers Meyler

believed dead:  Police have reopened the file on Jimmy Harmon, who has not been seen since January 24, 1998

believed dead: Police have reopened the file on Jimmy Harmon, who has not been seen since January 24, 1998

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A REWARD of up to £20,000 is being offered for information into the disappearance and murder of a doorman who went missing 15 years ago while visiting his girlfriend's house.

Jimmy Harmon was last seen at around 3pm on Saturday, January 24, 1998, when he visited the property in the Mawney Road area of Romford.

Police suspect his death may have been linked to his time as a bouncer at a number of East London clubs.

Detectives say he was involved in criminal activity and they hope new leads will come to them from the crime underworld.

Mr Harmon was only at his girlfriend's house for a short while when he received a call on his mobile phone, after which he said he had to see a friend in the Rainham area and would return at 8pm.

She never saw him again.

Stocky 5ft 7in Mr Harmon, of Maxey Road, Dagenham, worked at the Robin Hood pub in Longbridge Road, Dagenham, and drove a distinctive silver Mercedes 190E saloon, registration number A872 GBA.

His vehicle, which had lowered suspension and a loud music system, was found abandoned in Bexley Gardens off Barley Lane, near King George's Hospital in Goodmayes.

An extensive investigation has been unable to establish his whereabouts and although his body has never been recovered, it is now presumed that he was murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Neale Baldock, who is leading the investigation for the Metropolitan Police Service's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "The investigation has focused on Jimmy Harmon's lifestyle and in 1998 he was well known as a doorman at a number of East London clubs and pubs.

"There are very strong grounds for believing that he was murdered very soon after his disappearance on January 24, 1998.

"It is now 15 years since James was last seen alive.

"I know he was involved in criminal activity in East London and I believe the key to this investigation is likely to come from within that criminal fraternity or their associates.

"In the intervening years, loyalties and allegiances may have changed and I would appeal to anyone with new information to come forward and speak to us."

At the time of his disappearance Jimmy was last seen wearing a blue Budweiser T-shirt, tracksuit trousers and trainers.

Call the police on 020 8345 1571 with any information, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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