New appeal to find killer

The police officer investigating the death of a man hit over the head with a dumbbell in Banbury exactly six years ago says he won't give up 'til his killer's found.

No-one's ever been convicted over what happened to Kevin Lavelle in a pub in Grimsbury on 24 June 2004, the night England were knocked out of Euro 2004.  Kevin was a dad of two from Bootle, Merseyside.

An inquest in 2009 determined that the 29 year old died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the attack.

Detective Inspector Steve Duffy, leading the investigation, said: "Someone must know who did this to Kevin. It has been six years since he was brutally attacked in Banbury and I am determined to find out who is responsible.

"A reward is being offered by Thames Valley Police of £20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible of Mr Lavelle’s death. The justice for Kevin Lavelle fund has also put up a £10,000 reward, to make the total reward £30,000.

"I have been involved in the investigation into Kevin’s death since the incident happened on the night of the England versus Portugal Euro 2004 match and I urge anyone to think back to the night in question.

"There were people from the Pontypridd area of Wales in the pub at the time, who could be key witnesses, and we have had a team of detectives visiting South Wales to distribute leaflets and posters in an appeal for information.

"I will not give up."

Anyone with information about Kevin's death is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505 .

Watch an appeal video published by Thames Valley Police

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