Sabina Nessa: Met Police seek man in CCTV images

The Metropolitan Police issued footage and images of the man which show him walking in Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on the evening the 28-year-old was attacked

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A man captured on CCTV near where primary school teacher Sabina Nessa was killed is being urgently sought by police.

Handout comp of grabs from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man detectives want to speak to in connection with the murder of Sabina Nessa.
Handout comp of grabs from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man detectives want to speak to in connection with the murder of Sabina Nessa.

The Metropolitan Police issued footage and images of the man which show him walking in Pegler Square in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on the evening the 28-year-old was attacked.

A 12-second clip shows a balding man wearing a black hooded coat and grey jeans looking over his shoulder and pulling at his hood as he walks down a path.

Detectives have also released an image, captured in the same area, of a silver car they believe the man has access to and appealed for anyone who recognised either to contact the force immediately.

Handout comp of grabs from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man detectives want to speak to in connection with the murder of Sabina Nessa.
Handout comp of grabs from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man detectives want to speak to in connection with the murder of Sabina Nessa.

Detective chief inspector Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said “an extensive trawl” of CCTV in the area continued and said information on the man’s identity and whereabouts could be “vital” to the investigation.

Ms Nessa was walking to meet a friend at The Depot bar in Pegler Square near her home at around 8.30pm last Friday, a journey that should have taken just five minutes, when she was attacked.

A member of the public found her body close to the OneSpace community centre in Cator Park on Saturday at around 5.30pm.

According to reports, she was attacked with a weapon and her body was found hidden under a pile of leaves.

Ms Nessa’s cousin Zubel Ahmed remembered her as a “beautiful soul” who loved teaching, telling the BBC that she “was the most caring person – kindest, sweetest girl you could meet”.

Forensic Officers in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, south London, near to the scene where the body of Sabina Nessa was found.
Forensic Officers in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, south London, near to the scene where the body of Sabina Nessa was found.

Lisa Williams, the head of Rushey Green Primary School where Ms Nessa taught, said her colleagues and pupils are “taking our time to reflect and process the devastating news” of her death and will be remembering the teacher privately.

In a statement, Mrs Williams said: “We have shared the details about the vigil with our school community and some people may be attending on a personal level to privately pay their respects.

“As a school we are taking our time to reflect and process the devastating news we received this week, and will be commemorating Sabina in our own way.”

Her death comes after the public outrage and protests over the abduction and murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard as she walked home alone in south London in March.

A vigil is being held on Friday evening at 7pm at Pegler Square for Ms Nessa and people who cannot attend are being encouraged to hold a candle at their doorstep at the same time.