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Detectives investigating the murder of William Algar have charged a further three men in connection with the inquiry.
All three have been charged with perverting the course of justice.

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. Later other parts of his body were discovered on Hounslow Heath.

44-year-old Mark Harding, from Isleworth, was charged on Monday, 9 March appearing in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’. He had been previously arrested on Monday, 27 January.

18-year-old Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, of no fixed address has been charged by postal requisition. He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 17 March. He was previously arrested on Tuesday, 4 February.

39-year-old Simon Emmons, of no fixed address has also been charged by postal requisition. He will also appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 17 March. He was previously arrested on Thursday, 6 February.

Previously a 17-year-old male from Kensington and Chelsea was charged with murder on Monday, 6 January. He appeared in custody at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 8 January. He is remanded to appear for a plea hearing at the same court on a date in May.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Friday, 31 January on suspicion of murder and preventing the lawful burial of a body. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives continue to appeal for information and are especially keen to hear from anyone who may have had contact with Mr Algar - known to friends and family as Blaise - in December 2019.

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.

March 10, 2020

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