Unsolved Murders

Jason Fearon

Age: 26

Sex: male

Date: 21 May 2003

Place: Turnmills Club, Clerkenwell, London

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jason Fearon was shot outside the Turnmills club in Clerkenwell on 12 April 2003.

He was in the reception area at about 2.30am when around eight men burst into the club and fired several shots. Jason Fearon and another man, who was thought to have been the intended target, tried to get away in an Audi TT car but they were chased by some people in a BMW car through Clerkenwell. The men in the BMW car fired shots at the Audi TT car which hit Jason Fearon.

Jason Fearon was found in the passenger seat with a bullet in his head and was taken to the University College hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been wearing a bulletproof vest at the time.

It was thought that the other person in the car, who was a well-known gangland figure, was the intended target.

It was later heard that the police had been tipped off that the shooting was being planned but they failed to stop it. It was heard that members of the special police force Operation Trident that was designed to tackle crime in the black community had been informed of the place, the target, Jason Fearon's friend, and the types of guns that were to be used but had decided that a proactive operation was not justified and instead passed the information to the local police force who parked an empty patrol car outside the venue to try an discourage the attack. However, the attack went ahead.

The guns used were said to have been two automatic guns, a .38 revolver and a pistol. During the chase about 23 shots were fired from the BMW car at the Audi TT car.

There were said to have been about 970 people in the club which had been holding a Twice As Nice event with special guests.

It was said that the shooting was in relation to an earlier murder in 2002 and a gang war between a gang from Hackney and the Man Dem Crew from Tottenham.

Jason Fearon's son, who was 10 years old at the time later went on to be convicted for the manslaughter of Harjinder Singh Bhurji who was stabbed to death in 2011.

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