Crime

Charity fund raiser, ‘vibrant, cheeky, charming, comical and wise’ young man confirmed as Tower Bridge murder victim

Tommy Blackmore- the 20 year old murder victim at Tower Bridge. Image: Met Police

Tommy Blackmore- the 20 year old murder victim at Tower Bridge. Image: Met Police

The Met Police have confirmed the identity of the 20 year old Tower Bridge murder victim as Tommy Blackmore from Bermondsey.

He died in hospital after being found with injuries after a disturbance on Queen Elizabeth Street close to Tower Bridge in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His family have described him as: ‘A vibrant character, cheeky, charming, comical and wise way beyond his 20 years,’ who’d help raise over £32,000 for the ‘Fight 4 Cancer’ charity.

They’ve thanked the well-wishers who’ve left flowers and tributes at his home and at the scene of the crime.

They’ve appreciated that on Sunday ‘All the boats on the River Thames flew their flags at half mast as a mark of respect for Tommy.’

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been investigating under lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves.

The following arrests have been made:

  1. A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at this time.
  2. A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
  3. A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
  4. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Following enquiries he has been released with no further action.

This is the full statement released on behalf of Mr Blackmore’s family:

A few words about Tommy: The youngest of three boys and absolutely doted on by friends and family alike. He was a loving and fiercely loyal son, brother, uncle and friend. He made an impact on and had time for everybody who crossed his path. A vibrant character, cheeky, charming, comical and wise way beyond his 20 years.

He was one of the promoters for and heavily involved the ‘Fight 4 Cancer’ charity which has so far raised over £32,000 for Cancer Research UK. Tommy loved sport, especially football. He played regularly and was a lifelong Millwall fan.

He was a well loved and hugely popular boy which has been demonstrated by the sheer number of people who have left a sea of flowers and tributes both at his family home and at Tower Bridge. This afternoon over 150 friends and family took part in a walk from his home up to Tower Bridge to pay their respects. All the boats on the River Thames today flew their flags at half mast as a mark of respect for Tommy.

Tommy has been summed up by the thousands of comments left on social media in the last 36 hours which have all been positive and described him as the harmless and fun character that he was. The respect and love that has been shown is usually reserved for someone much older and is a testament to what a terrible loss has been suffered.

Mr Blackmore’s Twitter account had 8,582 followers and since January 2011 he had published 41.3 thousand tweets.

Other tributes on social media:

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[tweet https://twitter.com/FisherFC/status/610184968438943745]

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