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Liverpool Echo
Charlotte Hadfield

Man, 22, shot dead streets from teen's murder as suspect still on the run

A man was shot dead in Dingle less than half a mile from the scene of a teen's murder.

Lavrock Bank is at the centre of a murder investigation after a man was found with a gunshot to his upper body shortly before midnight on Tuesday, August 16. The 22-year-old was given CPR by police at the scene until paramedics arrived and took him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Lavrock Bank and the adjacent Harlow Street were sealed off by police on Wednesday as detectives and forensics carried out their enquiries. The scene of the murder probe is just a few streets away from where Liam Kelly was shot dead in the early hours of June 19, 2004.

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The 16-year-old was hit by a bullet to the chest and another to his right arm as he got out of a friend's silver Vauxhall Astra car on Grafton Street, close to the junction of Draycott Street, in 2004.

The murder of Liam Kelly is still being investigated 18 years later and police's prime suspect is Liverpool's most wanted man Kevin Parle, who has been on the run for the last 17 years. Police believe Mr Kelly was approached by two men from different directions, both armed with guns

Following his death in 2004, several people, including Parle, were arrested in connection with the murder. Parle was released on bail - which he failed to answer - and has been subject to repeated appeals from law enforcement agencies.

Anthony Campbell admitted murder and was jailed for life and two other people were also sent to prison. But the hunt for Kevin Parle, who is one of the UK's most wanted suspects, has been ongoing for more than 17 years.

Parle is also wanted in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Lucy Hargreaves in 2005.

Police are appealing for information in relation to Tuesday's fatal shooting, which is not related to this historic murder.

DCS Kameen said the investigation into Tuesday's shooting on Lavrock Bank is at an early stage but said he and his team are "particularly interested" in information suggesting the offenders arrived and left on two bikes.

DCS Kameen told the ECHO: "This is an incredibly tragic event, and Merseyside Police has not only launched a homicide investigation but is also supporting the family at this very, very difficult time.

"The appeal I have for members of the community is to put themselves in that terrible position, and think how the family would be feeling, think what they would want other members of the community to do and I think it's right to say they would want them to come forward and provide information.

"The appeal is if you were in that area and 11.40pm, whether you were walking around, driving around, maybe you were working; a taxi driver, public service vehicle; maybe you live in the area, and have some sort of doorbell footage or private CCTV, please get in touch with us, work with us, and help us identify those that were responsible.

"I also think that those responsible will be spoken of, ie. their names and what's taken place, in the local community, and that information is also vital, so come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1259 of 16 August.


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