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BBC/Screengrab Stephen Port
Scotland Yard

Appeal for information over alleged 'serial killer' gay dating website murders

Police are looking for information on Stephen Port (40) who is accused of killing four young men.

POLICE IN LONDON investigating the alleged murder of four men by suspected serial killer Stephen Port are appealing for anyone with information on him to get in contact.

An investigation was launched following the deaths of four men in their 20s in the Barking area of the city between June of last year and September last.

The 40-year-old allegedly gave his victims large amounts of the drug GHB, according to the BBC’s court report on his initial hearing, which took place in October.

Appearing via video-link, Stephen Port was charged with poisoning and murdering the young men, who it’s alleged he met on gay dating websites.

He is due to go on trial in April.

In a statement today, Scotland Yard said police wanted to hear from anyone who has knowledge of Port – who lived at Cooke Street in Barking.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information in connection with these incidents, no matter how insignificant you may think it is,” Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said.

“If you have any reservations about speaking to the police, please rest assured that your call will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

“For anyone who feels anxious about talking directly to the police, I would urge them to speak to organisations such as Galop, a specialist charity that supports LGBT people affected by violence and abuse.

“They will be able to facilitate appropriate support and advice, maintain confidentiality and treat anything you tell them with the utmost sensitivity.”

Port stands accused of killing Anthony Walgate, 23, from Barnet on 19 June 2014, Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham on 28 August 2014, Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend on 20 September 2014 and Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, on 14 September 2015.

Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. 

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