The shooting of a notorious criminal “bears all the hallmarks of a professional hit”, police have said.
John “Goldfinger” Palmer, 65, who allegedly amassed a huge fortune in a time-share scam, was shot six times in the chest in South Weald in June.
Essex Police said they believed his killer climbed over a fence and shot him in an area not covered by CCTV.
There was “speculation” Palmer was linked to other organised crime such as the Hatton Garden raid, they added.
Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings said: “Due to John’s significant criminal history there are people or groups of people who may have wished to do him harm.
“Therefore our search is not just for the gunman but for a person or group of people who may have commissioned the killing.
“There are two very significant main lines of inquiry at the moment, the first being that John was due to stand trial in mainland Spain relating to real estate fraud that followed an eight-year investigation.”
Police believe there may have been concerns about what he would say in evidence during that trial.
Det Ch Insp Stephen Jennings added: “The second is a combination of factors throughout 2015 which included a number of significant crimes in the UK, significant law enforcement intervention into organised crime in the UK and significant arrests of people in organised crime groups.”
Speaking ahead of a BBC Crimewatch appeal, police said the crime scene had been “professionally” stripped of evidence.
No shots were heard in the house and his body laid undiscovered until it was found by his son’s girlfriend an hour later.
Palmer had recently had surgery it was initially thought he had suffered a cardiac arrest.
A life of crimeBorn near Birmingham, his nickname derives from his connection to the 1983 £25m Brink’s-Mat gold bullion robbery. He was acquitted but his associate Kenneth …read more
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