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Two men arrested on suspicion of murder of Billy Cox 15 12 years ago in Clapham London

Police arrest two men, aged 26 and 31, over murder of 15-year-old Billy Cox who was shot dead in his south London bedroom on Valentine’s Day in 2007

  • Billy Cox was found with a bullet wound to his chest on Valentine’s Day 2007 
  • He was at home in Clapham, south London, having been excluded from school
  • Two men, 26 and 31, are being held in custody at a London police station  

Billy Cox, 15, was found dead by his 12-year-old sister with a bullet wound to his chest on Valentine’s Day in 2007

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder 12 years after a teenage boy was shot dead in his London bedroom. 

Billy Cox, 15, was found dead by his 12-year-old sister with a bullet wound to his chest on Valentine’s Day in 2007. 

Billy was at home in Clapham, south London, after being excluded from school. He had got into a ‘bad crowd’ and had been in trouble with the police.    

There was no sign of forced entry at his home and police believe he may have known his attackers. Officers made arrests at the time but no one was charged.

Police have now arrested two men, aged 26 and 31, who are currently in custody at a south London police station. 

Speaking at the time, Billy’s father, builder Tommy Cox said his 15-year-old ‘was not perfect’ but he was ‘dearly loved’.

Mr Cox said: ‘We are missing Billy so much. He was not perfect but he was dearly loved as a son and brother.

‘He was waiting for a place at college where he could continue working for GCSEs. 

On the 12th anniversary of his killing this year, police released CCTV footage of Billy walking with two men 45 minutes before his death

On the 12th anniversary of his killing this year, police released CCTV footage of Billy walking with two men 45 minutes before his death

‘He lived at home with his parents and his sister. We and all his family will miss him so much.’ 

A Scotland Yard spokesman said today: ‘Detectives investigating the murder of Billy Cox in 2007 have made two arrests.

‘On Tuesday, 25 June, two men – aged 26 and 31 – were arrested on suspicion of murder. They were taken into custody at a south London police station where they remain.

‘William Thomas Cox (known as Billy) was aged 15 when he was fatally shot in his bedroom at his home address, at Fenwick Place, Clapham on Wednesday, 14 February 2007.

‘Arrests were made during the original investigation but to date no charges have ever been brought in relation to the murder.

‘As with all serious cases, unsolved murder investigations are never closed and are subject to periodic public appeals and reviews.

Tributes are pictured outside Billy's home after his murder in Clapham, south London in 2007

Tributes are pictured outside Billy’s home after his murder in Clapham, south London in 2007 

‘The arrests were made following developments within the investigation.

‘Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command continue to investigate.’

Earlier this year Billy’s mother Arpon appealed for anyone who knows anything about the murder to come forward.

On the anniversary of his killing this year, police released CCTV footage of Billy walking with two men 45 minutes before his death. 

Detectives have offered a £20,000 reward to anyone who can provide evidence that leads to to a conviction.  

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