Police launch new witness appeal for Surrey train murder investigation

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a man onboard a London-bound train on January 4 2019 have launched a fresh witness appeal following extensive enquiries.

The appeal, launched on January 9, will focus on the Frensham Great Pond area near Farnham between 5.45pm and 6.35pm, which British Transport Police (BTP) believe two assailants visited prior to the incident.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Sam Blackburn from BTP, said: “Since Friday afternoon, a dedicated team of detectives have worked diligently in piecing together the events before and after the killing.

“Our enquiries have led us to believe the suspects briefly stopped at Frensham Great Pond car park, on Bacon Lane after 5.30pm on Friday afternoon. We are therefore looking to speak with anyone who was at the site and saw a man and a woman acting in an unusual or out of character manner. They would have been travelling with a young child at this point and we understand they would have arrived and departed in a blue Vauxhall Corsa.”

This information follows the prior identification of two potential suspects – a 35-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman – who were being held in custody as the investigation developed. On January 6, detectives were granted a further 12-hour window for questioning – both individuals were eventually released without charge.

A post-mortem examination has also been conducted since last weekend. It revealed that the victim, Lee Pomeroy, 51, died as a result of multiple stab wounds, which included a neck injury.

Blackburn added: “Our family liaison officers are providing Mr Pomeroy’s family with support as they continue to come to terms with Friday’s devastating news. The family have asked for privacy as they grieve the loss of Lee.”

Detectives have also executed a search warrant for a property in West Sussex, in addition to conducting further searches in the Clandon area of Surrey.

The original incident occurred on January 4 after the suspect and the victim, who police do not believe were known to each other, both boarded the train at Guildford’s London Road station.

An altercation followed and the suspect fled the train at Clandon – officers then boarded at Horsley station, the next stop. The victim’s 14-year-old son was present during the attack.

Any information can be passed to BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 210 of 04/01/2019. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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