Reward in Valentine’s Day murder of Mark Corcoran in London, England

Police are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Mark Corcoran on Valentine’s day this year.

At approx. 20:20hrs on Sunday 14 February, Mark Corcoran, 26, from Croydon stumbled into the Subitha Food and Wine shop on Whitehorse Lane, SE25 asking for help, shortly before he collapsed.

Police and London Ambulance Service were called but sadly Mark was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held at Croydon Mortuary on Monday 15 February gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

Police believe that Mark was stabbed within approximately 100 yards of the shop and had managed to stumble towards the shop to ask for help.

Officers would still like to speak to anyone who may have seen or spoken with Mark on Sunday 14 February – Valentine’s Day. They would also like to hear from anyone who was in the area of the CrystalPalace football ground – there had just been an FA Cup football match (CrystalPalace vs Aston Villa) – particularly after 19:30hrs, and who may have seen or heard anything.

An incident room was opened at Lewisham under Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

DCI Lyons, said: "We still do not know why Mark was stabbed that night. He was wearing a distinctive black and white stripey top that night and would have struggled to walk the 100 yards to the shop. Lots of people were around that evening, either out celebrating valentine’s day or at the football match, we would like to hear from these people no matter how insignificant their information may seem, if may assist us with finding out what happened to Mark. "

On 16 February a man in his 40s [A] was arrested on suspicion of murder and was taken to .a south London police station. He was later bailed to return pending further inquiries (next due October).

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