Police appeal for friends of Brent man gunned down in Bournemouth to come foward

Reece James-Menzies, from Wembley, was shot dead in the Boscombe area last week

Detectives investigating the murder of a Brent man in Bournemouth are keen to speak to his friends and acquaintances.

Reece James-Menzies from Wembley, was gunned down in the Boscombe area of the seaside town in the early hours of July 25.

The 21-year-old was shot in the face after being target in ‘a pre-mediated attack’ by gang members at around 2.30am.

Mr James-Menzies is believed to have travelled to Boscombe, an area notorious for crime and drugs, with friends from Brent.

According to social networking sites he is known by the street ‘Stylie’ and is believed to be a member of the Church Road Soldiers (CRS) – a gang known to operate out of the Church End estate in Harlesden.

Hundreds of tributes have been left to Mr James online buy his devastated friends. One user, who has a picture of CRS on their Twitter handle, posted the message: “R.I.P Zino, Stylie G.B.N.F”. Wayne Freckleton, a member of the Church Road Soldiers who was shot and killed in Ike’s Barbershop in Harlesden in 2008 was also known as Zino.

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Detective Chief Inspector Pam Trevillion, who is leading the murder hunt, is keen to speak to any of Mr James-Menzies’ friends or anyone who visited the address in Boscombe where he was staying.

She said: “We urge anyone who knew Reece in any way or visited the address where Reece was staying to come forward.

“We understand that it is worrying for people to take the step to speak to police, but I would like to take the opportunity to reassure members of the public that any information will be treated confidentially.”

DCI Trevillion is also trying to trace two cars which were spotted near the scene.

A small silver or grey hatchback was parked outside Whistons baby and toy shop in Sea Road, Boscombe, and a dark coloured hatchback seen in nearby Roumelia Lane, both were seen between 2am and 3am.

DCI Trevillion said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen these vehicles or has any information about them.”

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 01202 22 22 22 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.