It was in April of 2001 that 46 year old Len Naylor was returning to his home in Bracondale close, Istead Rise, near Gravesend in Kent, that a man in dark clothing, stepped forward and shot Mr Naylor 3 or 4 times, as he emerged from his car, on the driveway of his home. A white Bedford Rascal van drove up quickly and the assassin jumped in and then it sped off. It was found burned out in an underpass by the A2, about a mile away from the scene of the crime. Mr Naylor, a former taxi driver, was dead. The killing was witnessed by members of his family. Police now had to establish a motive for what was called a "professional hit" and they soon had some background on the victim.
Len Naylor had been arrested in East London in 1996 for an attempted murder with a machete, but this was dropped as the victim completely refused to co-operate with Police. Then he served a couple of years in jail for drug offences. One claim made was that Len Naylor had a habit of not paying for goods received or services provided, and this could have provided another motive. Len Naylor was the son of Stan Naylor, a man who had received 12 years in the early 70`s for his part in a war between the Tibbs family and the Nicholls family and their associates.