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21 August 2013, 05:00
Merseyside Police believe they've have found a gun that was used in the murder of a Liverpool man in 2012.
Jamie Starkey was shot on Sunday 2 December 2012 at his home in Fazakerley.
The gunman approached Jamie as he was stood by his car, shot him and ran off towards the playing fields. The weapon was found by a member of the public on 12 June this year in the Leeds/Liverpool canal near to Brewery Lane, Melling, along with mobile phones and jewellery believed to have been stolen.
Forensic examination has determined that this was the weapon used to murder Jamie and further extensive forensic examination is ongoing to identify the offenders. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward but are particularly interested in anyone who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously on the Melling Stone Bridge on Brewery Lane, or by the canal at that spot, in the hours or days after the murder to come forward.
Jamie's father Richard Starkey, said: "The family are delighted with this latest development involving the recovery of the gun which was used to murder Jamie. We hope that this will spur people on to provide information which will lead to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Jamie's murder. Please call the police if you have any information which could help."
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Keegan, said: "This was a cold-blooded, calculated shooting and there is no doubt that the offender meant to kill Jamie on that night. We are following up a number of positive lines of inquiry, but the finding of the gun is an important development in investigation.
"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen somebody acting suspiciously on the Melling Stone Bridge on Brewery Lane, either on the evening of the murder or the days that followed to come forward. Information they have could be vital to our inquiry.
"Jamie's family have been deeply affected by his loss and the message is clear, we are determined to find the person, or people, responsible for this. Someone out there knows who did this and can help them find some closure'.