John 'Goldfinger' Palmer victim of “professional hit”

It has been revealed that notorious timeshare fraudster John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer was the victim of a “professional hit”.

Palmer was killed at his Essex home in June 2015. Police originally thought his death was down to natural causes but a later examination discovered that he had been shot in the chest 6 times.

Essex Police said that they believed that Palmer’s killer climbed over his fence to shoot him in a section of the garden not seen by his CCTV.

Police have also said that they believed Palmer was linked to other organised crime, including the Hatton Garden raid, which took place over Easter in 2015.

DCI Stephen Jennings explained: “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.”

Jennings added: “There are 2 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 8-year investigation.

“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.”

Palmer had been due to stand trial following an arrest in Tenerife in 2007. He had been charged with fraud, money laundering and possession of a firearm. It has been reported that there may have been concerns about what he might have said in evidence.