Barking Investigation Update

A few weeks ago there was the news that the deaths of four young men in Barking, east London, were linked and that a suspect, Stephen Port, had been arrested and charged with their murder.

A number of formal and informal procedures have started about the deaths themselves, the police investigation and wider issues affecting men who use apps and chems. There have been a number of meetings, including a public meeting at which questions were put to the police.

The investigation is being led by the Met’s Homicide & Major Crime Command and it is likely that the case will go to trial in the spring. The police are keen to speak to anyone who may have information that is relevant to the investigation, particularly anyone who had contact with Stephen Port and who may hold some vital evidence for the investigation.

Please think about coming forward if you had – or think you had – contact with Stephen Port. It is understandable that you may be worried about being interviewed or giving evidence. You may be worried about having to explain about apps or GHB/GBL, or have concerns about facing drugs charges yourself. It may be that you aren’t sure of the details or what you remember.

You can talk to us. Galop is an independent, confidential organisation. We can help pass on intelligence that protects your anonymity, if that’s what you want. We know about the criminal justice system, apps and the chemsex world.

Please do talk to us, even if you feel unsure about the information or whether you might want to pass it on. It’s important for all of us that we get to the truth of these terribly tragic deaths.

Please contact Peter or Catherine at Galop, in confidence:

By phone: 020 7704 2040

By email:

Online: Go to Galop’s online report form

The police incident room can be contacted on 020 8358 0400.


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