12 September 2012
Delaney Brown Murder - Latest
Operation Pen – Senior Investigating
Detective Chief Inspector Steve
“It is a
week today that Delaney Brown was killed in a hit and run collision
in Vincent Road, Leagrave, Luton.
His death has left his family in despair. His father, three
brothers, and grandparents are devastated.
There are people out there who can help solve this murder.
Some of them may have already made up their minds in choosing
not to help us.
If that is the case, I am here today to try and change their
There are a lot of people who knew Delaney and the sort of
person he was, or was perceived to be. These are the people I need
to come forward and help this investigation. However, I can confirm
that I have a suspect in mind but for operational reasons I cannot
name this person at this time.
Delaney was 19. He had three brothers and lived in Bank Close,
Hockwell Ring and was very close to his grandmother and great
grandmother. He was unemployed.
I know that Delaney had been involved in crime but I do not
believe this is the reason for his death.
On Wednesday, 5 September at 4.30pm as he cycled along Vincent
Road, we believe Delaney was ‘targeted’ by someone driving a silver
One Series BMW car. This person drove at Delaney causing the
collision which killed him.
Delaney was pronounced dead at the scene and a full crime
investigation was launched straight away. He died of a broken neck
and death would have been instantaneous. He also had crush injuries
which may be of a consequence of hitting a garden wall.
With information already received this has now become a murder
Let me make this absolutely clear that I believe this was a
deliberate and unnecessary act which originates from a disagreement
between two individuals from different families.
I firmly believe that the person responsible for Delaney’s
murder is local and will be known by this community. My appeal here
today is to appeal to those people to come and talk to the
People who have either witnessed or have knowledge of this crime
have Grandmothers, fathers or brothers too. I appeal to them today.
Put yourself in this family’s position and do the right thing.
There is a lot of information circulating within the community
and also speculation and rumour but as yet we have not had anyone
come forward who is prepared to give evidence to support this
You can talk to me in confidence. Any information that we
receive, directly or through Crimestoppers, can be acted upon
discreetly. People out there know who did this. Help Delaney’s
family by speaking to us.
A car, a silver One series BMW, was found in Morris Close, Marsh
Farm, on the following morning with damage to the front consistent
with a collision. I believe this car was the vehicle which was used
to kill Delaney. It is a stolen vehicle originally from the
Hounslow area, index number WF11 RWV and I am seeking any
information relating to where this car has been since it was stolen
on July 16 and information relating to those who abandoned it.
Two people have been arrested in connection with this incident.
A man, aged 26 has been released without charge, the second, aged
18, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on police
bail pending further investigation, and I am continuing to pursue
all those responsible for Delaney’s death.
Between 3pm and 5.30pm today, exactly one week after Delaney’s
murder, officers will be in and around Vincent Road speaking to
locals about what happened. Road blocks will be in place and we
will also be putting up posters appealing for help and to remind
residents that we are investigating.
The smallest piece of information could unlock this case so
again, I would plead to anyone who knows the identity of those
responsible to come forward and speak to me directly. Your safety
can be guaranteed and your details kept in confidence.”
Anyone with information should call the Incident Room on 01707
355666, or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 – this is a completely
confidential service, run by a charity and you don’t have to give
your name or any of your details.