Face of Zest shooting victim

THIS is the face of the man gunned down at an Ipswich nightclub.Today The Evening Star can publish for the first time a picture of murder victim Jimoh Plunkett, the man shot at Zest nightclub.

THIS is the face of the man gunned down at an Ipswich nightclub.

Today The Evening Star can publish for the first time a picture of murder victim Jimoh Plunkett, the man shot at Zest nightclub.

The trained computer technician was attending a garage night at the Princes Street club when he was shot in the chest in the early hours of December 9. He died later at Ipswich Hospital.

Detective superintendent Dave Cole, leading the inquiry, today revealed that police think the shooting may have followed other disturbances in the club.

He said: “The shooting may be linked to one or two incidents which happened in the club previously that evening, the normal sort of incidents you would expect in a club.

“There is nothing that is blatantly apparent to suggest it was around drugs. I think drugs are seen as a common theme of gangland and turf wars and that is one of many lines of inquiry we are not discounting.”

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Det supt Cole said officers were yet to identify any key suspects but did have some significant witnesses.

He said 717 of the revellers had been tracked down and more than 250 had been spoken to by police.

Officers are also making progress in dealing with some witnesses who had been obstructive.

Det supt Cole added: “We have got procedures in place and a strategy for those uncooperative individuals.

“We leave letters urging them to speak to us in the interests of justice, the victim and the victim's family.”

Mr Plunkett was from the Lewisham area of London and police are concentrating a large amount of their efforts in the capital.

Up to 14 of the 37 officers on the case are working in London each day and close ties are being maintained with the Metropolitan police.

Officers from Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Norfolk are among those working on the case due to the high demands placed on Suffolk police following the red light killings.

Zest remains closed after Ipswich Borough Council's licensing committee revoked its licence.

However, Kerpal Baines, the owner of Zest, is appealing the decision.

Anyone with information about the incident, which also saw three other men shot, should call police on 01473 782000, send a text to 07624 800174 or e-mail zestshooting@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Did you know Mr Plunkett? Do you want to pay tribute to him? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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