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Police comb CCTV after ex-Tower of London guard is killed

PUBLISHED: 17:40 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010

Danny enjoying an evening at his pub near The Tower

Danny enjoying an evening at his pub near The Tower

POLICE are examining vital CCTV footage in their hunt for the hit-and-run driver who killed a retired Tower of London security guard. Evidence is being studied from three high-resolution cameras which captured traffic movement at Bethnal Green in East London where 72-year-old Daniel Jordan died. His family joined police this week in appealing for witnesses

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POLICE are examining vital CCTV footage this week in their hunt for the hit-and-run driver who killed a retired Tower of London security guard.

Evidence is being studied from three high-resolution cameras which captured traffic movement at Bethnal Green in East London where 72-year-old Daniel Jordan died.

Danny was pronounced dead at the scene when ambulance paramedics arrived in Wilmot Street, off Bethnal Green Road, at 6.55pm last Thursday.

He died from head and chest injuries, a post mortem at Poplar revealed on Monday.

His family joined police this week in appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

The silver Volvo S40 involved did not stop, but continued northward along Wilmot Street into Bethnal Green Road.

One camera mounted on a 40ft post in Wilmot Street itself, facing northward, could hold vital clues. Two more are on posts in Bethnal Green Road, both within yards of the T-junction with Wilmot Street.

Danny leaves a large family, his partner Joy, three sisters, nieces and nephews as well as many friends. He had no children.

His nephew Paul White, 37, told the East London Advertiser: “We would urge the driver to turn himself in if he has any conscious to give the family some sort of closure.”

Danny’s neighbours at Whitechapel’s Peabody Buildings in John Fisher Street, where he lived with Joy, spoke this week of the loving man full of life.

Neighbour Diane Ridgewood, 72, said: “I spoke to Danny just last week, a smashing fellow who loved to dance. The neighbours would get together in the flat, put music on and have a little drink.”

Friends and staff at Danny’s local pub, the Artful Dodger in Royal Mint Street, just five minutes from The Tower where Danny worked in security before retiring, were shocked when the Advertiser broke the news to them.

Close pal Cathal Walsh said: “Danny was the most beautiful and caring man who looked after Joy who struggles to walk—it’s going to be very hard for Joy.

“He was part of the furniture here, who was known all over the area.”

Another friend recalled how Danny kept his keys on a security chain—an old habit from his days at The Tower.

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Police are appealing for anyone who was in Willmott Street or Bethnal Green Road around 6.55pm on November 6, or anyone who knows who drove the silver Volvo S40, to contact the Collision Investigation unit on 020-8597 4874, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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