Reward to find Essex man's killer

Four years after his murder a reward to help catch Michael 'Joe' Shipton's killer has been reinstated.

Detectives in Essex investigating Joe's murder in his home in Sheering in March 2006 believe that the answer to who killed him still lies within the local community.

Crimestoppers have reinstated a reward of £5,000, valid for three months, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Detective Sgt Ed Mayo said: “Despite the passage of time, we are determined to find who killed Joe Shipton.  Someone knows who is responsible and I believe that their conscience may be troubling them and so now is the time to contact police or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers."

In 2006, officers begun a murder investigation and over 700 people were interviewed, including all residents in the village of Sheering, however, no-one's ever been arrested over it.

Ds Mayo said: “Someone knows who killed Joe and now is the time for Joe’s family to get some answers and see justice done.  Anyone with any information can call me, in confidence at Brentwood major investigation team on 0300 333 4444.”

People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.