Victim of Walton-on-Thames murder identified as enquiries continue
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Detectives investigating the murder and attempted murder of two men in Walton-on-Thames yesterday (22 April) are continuing to appeal for information.
At around 2:15pm, police were called to reports of an incident involving a group of men on Church Street. Following this incident, a white BMW 1 series was reported to have driven into two of the men in the group causing fatal injuries to one man and seriously injuring the other.
The first victim has now been formally identified as Matthew Tester, known locally as Tik, aged 49, from Walton-on-Thames.
The second victim, who is also in his 40s, is being treated in hospital where his injuries have been assessed as serious but not life threatening.
A 26-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder remains in police custody.
Detective Chief Inspector David Springett, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We are working hard to build up a picture of events yesterday afternoon and I would like to thank all those who have come forward so far to help us do this. If you witnessed this incident or have any information relating to it and have not yet spoken to police, I would urge you to do so.
“A local man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are very much with his family who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.
“We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a white 1 series BMW in the area during the immediate period beforehand or afterwards as it left from the scene on Church Street at around 2pm, driving towards the High Street.
“A white BMW, suspected of being the vehicle involved, was later found unoccupied at Temple Field Close in Addelstone and has since been recovered.”
Sergeant Pat Bauer from Elmbridge’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I understand how concerning this will be to our communities and I would like to reassure residents that we believe this to be an isolated incident. There have been some reports speculating about road rage but initial enquiries do not support this and it is believed some of the parties were previously known to each other.
“The cordon on Church Road will remain in place for the time being and you should expect to see an increased police presence in the area as officers conduct enquiries, including house to house, over the coming days as we continue our work on this case."
If you have any information, including CCTV or dashcam footage, please report by using the Major Incident Public Portal, via this link https://mipp.police.uk/operation/4519Z99-PO1 .
You can also contact police via 101 or online at www.surrey.police.uk.