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Below are all the press releases which have issues in relation to Operation Journal.

Press releases issued:

28/9/12 - Interesting leads following Crimewatch appeal into the whereabouts of Ricardo Pisano

An appeal on BBC Crimewatch last night for the whereabouts of Ricardo Pisano has led to a number of interesting leads.

The nationwide appeal included a £5,000 reward for the arrest of Mr Pisano in relation to the murder of Michael Polding in Brighton earlier this year. Ricardo Pisano also goes by the name Brandon Pillay, and also calls himself Ree or Ricky.

DCI Nick May, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "There was a good response with 17 calls coming into the Crimewatch studio and a number of calls to Crimestoppers. There were some interesting calls from people in areas where we know he has links. We will be prioritising the leads. In the meantime I would encourage anyone who knows where Mr Pisano may be to please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

16/10/12 - Crimewatch appeal and reward to trace Ricardo Pisano

Police investigating the death of Michael Polding are making a nationwide appeal in a bid to trace his friend.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May is appearing on Crimewatch on Thursday night four months after Michael's death.

He is offering a £5,000 reward for the arrest of Ricardo Pisano, who will feature on the programme's Wanted Wall.

DCI May said: "It is now four months since Michael's died and his family are anxious for answers about what happened to him.

"A murder investigation was launched following the discovery of Michael's body at his flat in St George's Road, Brighton, on Monday 16 July. It is thought that he may have been dead since May.

"At first Michael's death was treated as unexplained but following a post-mortem, which showed a number of injuries, a murder investigation was launched.

"We are still unclear as to when exactly Michael died and our enquiries have shown that he was friends with Mr Pisano. We think he may have information about Michael last movements, however we have been unable to find him so far.

"We want to help provide the answers for Michael's family and hope the reward will prompt someone to reveal Mr Pisano's whereabouts. All we need to know is where he is so we can talk to him about what he knows."

Ricardo Pisano also goes by the name Brandon Pillay, and also calls himself Ree or Ricky. He is believed to be in his thirties. Pisano, who has a South African accent, has links to Croydon, Crouch End in North London, Southampton and New Zealand.

If anyone recognises Mr Pisano and knows where he may be, please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please see DCI Nick May's appeal on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqnz0fqQc1o

20/9/12 - Man stood down from bail in Brighton murder enquiry

A 28-year-old London man, arrested on suspicion of the murder of Michael Polding in Brighton, has been stood down from bail. He has been told that no further action will be taken against him.

Mr Polding's body was found in a house in St George's Road on July 16 following reports that he hadn't been seen for some time. A post mortem revealed injuries that concerned officers and a murder investigation was launched.

Next week the case will feature on BBC TV's Crimewatch programme in a bid to trace Ricardo Pisano, also known as Brandon Victor Pillay, 'Ree' or 'Ricky', who has links to Brighton, Croydon, Crouch End in north London, and Southampton where he was last seen on July 28 at Marlans shopping centre.

He is originally from South Africa, has also lived in New Zealand and speaks with a South African accent, although he may change this. He could be introducing himself under a number of different names. He is aged about 35, approximately 5'6'' and of slim build. He may have grown a beard or disguised himself in other ways since this photograph was taken in early 2012.

15/8/12 - Detectives seek help in Michael Polding murder investigation

Detectives are appealing for help in tracing a man who is wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Polding in Brighton.

Officers from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team would like to speak to Ricardo Pisano, known as Brandon Victor Pillay, 'Ree' or 'Ricky'.

Mr Pisano and Mr Polding were friends and spent time together in the period before Mr Polding died.

A murder investigation was launched following the discovery of Mr Polding's body at his flat in St George's Road, Brighton, on Monday 16 July. It is thought that Mr Polding may have been dead since May.

At first Mr Polding's death was treated as unexplained but following a post-mortem on Saturday 21 July a murder investigation was launched. The post-mortem showed that Mr Polding suffered a number of injuries which led to his death.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May is leading the investigation, known as Operation Journal. He said: "We are still unclear as to when exactly Mr Polding died and our enquiries have shown that Mr Polding was friends with Mr Pisano. We think he may have information about Mr Polding's last movements, however we have been unable to find him so far.

"Mr Polding lived in Croydon for around 30 years and we think they met in Croydon and he moved to Brighton in October 2011. They remained friends and saw each other regularly in Sussex.

"Mr Pisano has links to Brighton, Croydon, Crouch End in north London, and Southampton where he was last seen on 28 July at Marlands shopping centre, however he could have since moved to other areas of the country.

"He is originally from South Africa and speaks with a South African accent, although he may change his accent. He is about 35-years-old and has also lived in New Zealand. He could be introducing himself under a number of different names and I would urge people to look at his photograph and contact police if they have seen him recently. Any information, no matter how small, could be significant to our enquiry. Please call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"I would also like to appeal for Mr Pisano to get in contact with Sussex Police directly."

Mr Pisano is approximately 5'6'' and of slim build. He may have grown a beard or disguising himself in other ways since this photograph was taken in early 2012.

Mr Polding was an openly gay man. The investigation has led police to believe that his death is not linked to any hate crime as a result of his sexuality and that any assault he may have suffered was not as a result of a random attack.

A 28-year-old man from North London was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday 22 July and has been bailed until 23 August, pending further enquiries.

25/7/12 - Man arrested in Brighton murder case released on bail

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering Michael Polding in Brighton has been released on police bail.

Detectives from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are investigating the death of 63-year-old Mr Polding whose body was found in his flat in St George's Road, last Monday (16 July).

A 28-year-old man arrested on Sunday night (22 July) on suspicion of Mr Polding's murder has now been released on bail until 8 August.

Mr Polding's body was found after police were contacted by concerned family that they hadn't heard from him for some time.

It is believed that he may have been dead since May and officers are currently trying to establish exactly when he died.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May, who is leading the investigation, said: "Information from friends and acquaintances of Mr Polding who spoke to him in May is very important to us to help us work out when he may have died.

"He lived in Croydon for many years and we would also like to speak to anyone who kept in contact with Mr Polding after he moved to Brighton in October last year."

Anyone with information which may assist police with their investigation is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

24/7/12 - Investigation into Brighton man's death continues

Police investigating the death of a Brighton man are today (Tuesday 24 July) continuing to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detectives from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are investigating the death of a 63-year-old manwhose body was found in his flat in St George's Road, Brighton, last Monday (16 July).

Although formal identification has not yet taken place the body is believed to be that of Michael Polding of St George's Road.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of Mr Polding's murder and detectives have been granted extra time by magistrates to question him.

Mr Polding's body was found after police were contacted by concerned family that they hadn't heard from him for some time.

It is believed that he may have been dead since May and officers are currently trying to establish exactly when he died.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May, who is leading the investigation, said: "Information from friends and acquaintances of Mr Polding who spoke to him in May is very important to us to help us work out when he may have died.

"He lived in Croydon for many years and we would also like to speak to anyone who kept in contact with Mr Polding after he moved to Brighton in October last year.

"Officers are still carrying out house-to-house enquiries in Kemp Town where Mr Polding lived and I would like to thank the residents in the area for the patience and assistance with our enquiries so far."

Anyone with information which may assist police with their investigation is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

23/7/12 - Tribute to Michael Polding

The family of Michael Polding have today (Monday 23 July) released the following tribute to him.

"Michael grew up with us in Scotland but found his younger years difficult due to his sexuality. In the 1970s he decided to move to London where he felt it would be easier to live as an openly gay man. He spent many happy years in Croydon living with his partner Henry until he sadly died in 2001.

"He worked for 15 years in the urology department of a hospital. He enjoyed working with people and helping them while they were receiving treatment.

"Last year he decided to move to Brighton as he wanted to start a new life in the gay community in the city.

"Michael was a kind and caring man. Despite the distance between us he kept in close contact and we will miss him greatly."

23/7/12 - Man arrested in Brighton murder investigation

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Brighton man.

The 28-year-old from London was arrested last night (Sunday) in London on suspicion of murder. He is being transported to custody in Sussex today (Monday).

A murder investigation was launched on Saturday after the body of a man was found in a flat in St George's Road, Brighton, on Monday (16 July).

Although formal identification has not yet taken place the body is believed to be that of 63-year-old Michael Polding of St George's Road.

The circumstances surrounding his death were not clear and a post-mortem was arranged for Saturday. The results showed that Mr Polding suffered from several injuries which concerned officers and an investigation into his death was launched.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team is leading the investigation. He said: "We are continuing to put together a picture of the circumstances surrounding Mr Polding's death and how he sustained his injuries.

"It is thought that he may have died sometime in May and we are still appealing for anyone who spoke to him in May this year to contact police.

"Mr Polding is an openly gay man who moved to Brighton only nine months ago from London.

We are trying to build up a picture of his lifestyle in the city and would like to hear from anyone who knew him or knew of any friends or acquaintances he spent time with.

"We know that he moved to Brighton because he liked Kemp Town and we are hoping that the residents and visitors to this area can now help us to find out more about his life.

"Our investigation so far has led us to believe that his death is not linked to any hate crime as a result of his sexuality and that any assault he may have suffered was not as a result of a random attack."

Anyone with information about Mr Polding is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

22/7/12 - Investigation into mans death in Brighton launched

An investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Brighton whose body was discovered on Monday (16 July).

Following a post-mortem yesterday afternoon (Saturday 21 July) detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are now investigating the death of the 63-year-old man.

Police attended St George's Road at around 10pm on Monday following reports that the occupant had not been seen for a couple of months.

The body of a man was found inside the property. Although formal identification has not yet taken place the body of the man is believed to be that of Michael Polding of St George's Road, Brighton.

The circumstances surrounding his death were not clear and a post-mortem was arranged.

Detective Inspector Jon Fanner of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "When Mr Polding's body was found it was not clear as to what had caused his death. Following the post-mortem it now appears that he suffered a number of injuries which have caused us concern and we have launched this homicide investigation.

"We are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Polding's death, including when he may have died and how he sustained the injuries. We would like to hear from anyone who may have spoken to Mr Polding since 14 May, 2012.

"This is an incredibly difficult time for his family and our thoughts are with them as we carry out this investigation.”

Anyone with information which may assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Journal or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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