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£10k reward offered in appeal one year on from murder of man in Epping

Stephen Morrisson, 30, was stabbed in a car park in Epping (credit: Essex Police)

A £10,000 reward is being offered in an appeal for information, one year on from the murder of a father in Epping.

Stephen Morrisson died after being stabbed in a car park in Epping Road on Tuesday, 23 June 2020, shortly before 8pm.

The 30-year-old sustained a single stab wound and having driven away from the scene, collapsed on the forecourt of a nearby Shell garage.

He later died in hospital.

On the one-year anniversary of his death, Stephen’s family and Essex Police have issued an appeal for anyone with information to come forward. 

In total, 14 people have been arrested in connection with his death.

Nine are still under investigation and five face no further action.

Senior investigating officer on Stephen’s murder, Julie Gowen, said: “I believe the answers to Stephen’s murder lie within certain groups of people in London.

“These people – and the people around them – know exactly what happened on that day. They know who killed Stephen.

“Over time, loyalties change, ties are broken and people make mistakes – that will happen and, due to the focus we have on this case, we will not miss anything and we will leave no stone unturned.”

She added: “We have now secured a £10,000 reward from Crimestoppers. That means that you can give information anonymously if you want to.

“The information you have, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, could be the key to our investigation

“So I am asking the people who know what happened to please come forward and give Stephen’s family justice.”

In a TV appeal, Stephen’s mum, Lorraine Morrisson, said: “There must be someone out there who knows what happened to Stephen that day and we are asking them to please help us.

“He was always so bubbly and I always say he just breezes in like a tornado – he was that lively. He always saw he bright side of life.”

Remembering the day Stephen sadly died, she added: “I think I just went into shock, I couldn’t accept [his death].

“It made it harder that I wasn’t able to say goodbye. It just made it so hard for me to accept that he has gone.”

A £10,000 reward from independent charity Crimestoppers has been secured, meaning information on Stephen’s death can now be given through the safety of anonymity.

Lorraine added: “[Solving his murder] is not going to bring Stephen back but it is going to give us closure.

“Stephen didn’t deserve to die; he had so much more to offer.

“He’s not going to see all the milestones in his son’s life; he’s not going to see him leave school, he’s not going to see him get married, go to college, go to university and he’s not going to see his son become a father – and that matters. And Stephen mattered.

“It’s a very, very big loss for us and we just miss his so much.”

Stephen’s sister, Charlotte Morrisson added: “He was always there for me. Having four brothers, he was the one who always looked after me. It’s not until after he’s gone that you realise how he happy he was.

“It’s been hard, I try and keep strong for everyone else.”

Advice on how information can be shared on Stephen’s murder can be found here.

A video appeal from Stephen’s sister Charlotte and mum Lorraine can be viewed and shared from here.

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