'Major Breakthrough' In Murder Probe

Detectives investigating the murder of a Bournemouth man are releasing images of a vehicle seen in the area, in what is being described as a major breakthrough in the case.

Reece James Menzies, aged 21, was shot dead at his flat at the junction of Roumelia Lane and Sea Road, after three intruders entered his home address at around 2.15am on Wednesday 25 July 2012. 

A silver Audi A3 saloon - captured on CCTV - was driving from nearby Christchurch Road into St John's Road toward the scene of the murder at around 1.30am. 

Audi A3

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Connolly, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Following extensive and detailed enquiries, I am now in a position to release CCTV images of this vehicle.

"We believe that the people in this Audi A3 may have important information regarding Reece's death and, as such, we are treating this as a major breakthrough as we work to identify his killers. 

"I am appealing for anyone who saw this vehicle in the Boscombe area during the early hours of Wednesday 25 July to contact us at the earliest possible opportunity. 

"I need to identify the car's registration number, the owner of the car, and most importantly the occupants within the car."

Audi A3

Following the murder, three men were seen to run from Roumelia Lane into Sea Road in the direction of the sea. 

All three men were wearing dark coloured hooded tops and at least one was wearing a balaclava. DCI Connolly continued: "I still consider Reece's murder to be a premeditated, well organised and targeted attack by armed and dangerous offenders. 

"The motive for this attack, as I have said before, is still not known, but I am sure that someone out there knows the identities of the offenders and I would urge them to do the right thing and speak with us.

"We understand that it is worrying for people to take the step to speak to police, but I would like to take the opportunity to reassure members of the public that any information will be treated confidentially." 

As a result of a previous appeal, a vehicle seen in the area of Roumelia Lane has been eliminated from the enquiry. 

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 25:046. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.