The daughter of a Russian exile who was found dead at his home in New Malden has issued a heartfelt plea for anyone with information about her father's murder to come forward.

Nikolay Glushkov was found dead at his address in Clarence Avenue at around 10.45pm on March 12 last year.

Police subsequently launched a murder investigation, with a post-mortem examination giving his cause of death as compression to the neck.

Mr Glushkov, a retired financial director, was a Russian national who had lived at that address in New Malden for two years.

No arrests have been made so far.

Now, nearly a year on, his daughter Natalia has launched an appeal asking anyone with information about his murder to come forward to police.

She said: “My father was the most important person in my life and he was an amazing man. He was extremely caring, smart, funny and wise and he gave me so much support and love throughout my life, but especially so when I came to live in the UK, where we grew even closer.

“I will never forget March 12, 2018, and I still live with the picture of my father when I found him that day. That image will haunt me for my whole life. It is something that I thought could only happen to other people or in the movies, but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw and don't think I will ever fully recover from it.

“Quite simply, it has left me devastated.

“Not knowing how or why he was killed or who did it makes this even harder. I know that there will be somebody somewhere who will have information that could help the police with their investigation. If you do, then I ask, please come forward and tell them.

“Nothing will be able to bring my father back, but getting some answers as to what happened, I hope, will in some way help me and my family start to move on and focus on what a great and wonderful man my father was, rather than what happened to him last year.”

Officers are reissuing images and footage of a black Volkswagen which was seen in and around Clarence Avenue on the evening of March 11 – the day before Mr Glushkov died.

Detectives have failed to identify or locate the van, nor the driver, since then but they believe the driver may have information which could help with their enquiries.

Police have contacted more than 1,800 witnesses and taken nearly 400 statement since the murder investigation was launched.

Over 2,200 hours of CCTV footage has also been viewed, and 1,200 exhibits – including forensic samples and physical items – have been collected as part of the ongoing investigation.

Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, which is investigating the murder, said: “Mr Glushkov was murdered a year ago and we have made, and continue to make, extensive enquiries to establish the motive and identify anyone who may have been involved.

“We remain absolutely committed and determined to identify and bring those responsible for his murder to justice and I would urge anyone who may have information to contact us. Alternatively, you can contact the Crimestoppers charity, which is completely anonymous.”

Anyone with information regarding the murder can contact police in confidence on 0800 789 321. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.