British police are offering a stg£8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the murder of a Mayo man in London earlier this year. Martin Lavelle, aged 48, from Achill Island, was assaulted on January 4 last near his home in Willesden, Northwest London, and died in hospital almost three weeks later. The assault took place shortly before midnight near the junction of Willesden High Road and Meyrick Road.

The London Metropolitan police are anxious to trace some his friends who were living in London at the time, but who have since moved to Dublin. They believe that they may have information that could help find the killer or killers. The man leading the hunt, Detective Chief Inspector William Chambers, said that police know Martin had friends living in Willesden who have returned to Ireland over the last few months. "I hope the offer of this substantial reward will prompt those people to speak to us in confidence," he added.