Police appeal for biters in Sally Anne appeal

Last updated at 11:04 12 December 2005

The final moments of model Sally Anne Bowman's life will be reconstructed in a police appeal to try to catch her killers, Scotland Yard has revealed.

Sally Anne, 18, was bitten, stabbed and sexually assaulted before being killed just yards from her home in Croydon, south London, on September 25.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Cundy, who is leading the hunt for the killer, hopes tomorrow's reconstruction on BBC's Crimewatch UK programme will lead to new information.

He said: "The attack on Sally Anne was absolutely horrendous. The suspect stabbed her several times, he bit her several times, he sexually assaulted her and he killed her.

"It was a vicious and violent attack. I need to ask you if you think you might know who did this."

Appeal to victims

Detectives are appealing for any woman in a relationship with a man who has bitten her, about whom she may already be suspicious, to contact them.

They also want people to contact them if they know of a man who may have disappeared or changed his appearance shortly after Sally Anne's murder.

Items stolen from Sally Anne that night, including a a Prada half moon-shaped white handbag, a black purse with a red and green stripe, a black Samsung D500 mobile phone and a white crochet bolero top, may also provide a vital clue.

Sally Anne was killed after a night out.

The reconstruction shows her ex-boyfriend, Lewis Sprotson, picking her up at Lloyds Bar in Croydon town centre and driving her to her home to Blenheim Crescent.

The reconstruction then moves to the scene of the robbery, which took place at approximately 3am in Sanderstead Road, showing the victim having trouble with her car and subsequently being attacked.

It then moves back to Sally Anne getting out of Lewis's car in Blenheim Crescent and Sally Anne being attacked.

It shows a witness in a nearby home hearing a scream and looking out of the window and a man crouching down by a Mondeo car.

It ends with the suspect discarding some of Sally Anne's property in Haling Grove - some make-up and a bar flier.

The suspect is described as white, in his 20s, 5ft 10in to 6ft, of slim to medium build, with short brown hair and clean-shaven.

A reward of up to £40,000 is on offer for information leading to the prosecution of Sally Anne's killer.

Mr Cundy said: "I would urge anyone who thinks they might know who this man is or anyone with information to call me. Any name given to us can be eliminated quickly and easily through a simple DNA test and your call can remain anonymous."

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4005 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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