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UPDATE: Ex-detective arrested in axe-murder case.

A SECOND man was arrested this morning in connection with the brutal axe-murder of a private detective, 15 years ago.

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Daniel Morgan, 37, was found in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, in Sydenham Road, Sydenham, on March 10, 1987. He had an axe embedded in his skull.

The Welshman, who owned a detective agency, had been drinking in the pub for an hour-and-a-half before leaving through a rear entrance at around 9pm. It was then that he was attacked.

Today's arrest was made in Kingswood, Surrey. The suspect, who is an ex-employee of Mr Morgan's Southern Investiagtions firm, is currently being questioned at Wandsworth Police Station.

Another middle-aged man is on police bail after he was arrested on Friday in connection with Mr Morgan's murder.

Detective Superintendent Dave Cook, leading the investigation, said: "This is still very much an active inquiry because we believe more than one person was involved in Daniel Morgan's murder. It's one of those slow moving games, but this case is solvable."

The original police inquiry cost £1m but failed to secure a conviction. A man was charged with the murder in 1989 but cleared in 1998

Officers from the Serious Crime Group West arrested a man in his mid-forties at his south east London home at 6am on October 3.

Another man and three police officers were arrested in 1987 on suspicion of involvement in the killing, but all were later released without charge.

The Met's murder review group, which examined the case be-tween June and October 2001, recommended a fresh investigation four months ago.

The arrest comes after DCS Cook announced a £50,000 reward on BBC Crimewatch UK in June for information leading to the conviction of the person, or persons, responsible.

DCS Cook added that a mystery car may hold the key to finding the killer: "We are still actively seeking both information and evidence to assist further. A number of people have come forward to date. We are keen to speak with anyone who has knowledge of a green VW car to come forward."

Call the incident room on 0208 358 1555 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.



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