Re­newed po­lice ap­peal 8 years af­ter man shot dead

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PO­LICE are re­new­ing ap­peals to find a gun­men who killed a 23-year-old in front of his girl­friend in a drive-by shoot­ing in Water­loo eight years af­ter his death.

Paul Pike, from Belle Vale, was shot to death as he sat at traf­fic lights be­hind the wheel of a red Ford Tran­sit van on Crosby Road North, at its junc­tion with South Road, when a stolen silver Audi TT pulled up along­side and the killers rid­dled it with bul­lets.

It is thought the shoot­ers then pulled away, turned around and came back to­wards the van, fir­ing fur­ther shots.

Paul’s trau­ma­tised girl­friend, who was in the pas­sen­ger seat, re­ceived minor in­juries from fly­ing glass and ran scream­ing from the van be­fore passers-by des­per­ately tried to re­vive Paul Pike.

How­ever, de­spite the best ef­forts of those in­volved, he died at the scene.

Since the shoot­ing, on June 5, 2010, Mersey­side Po­lice have made a num­ber of ar­rests and a £10,000 re­ward was of­fered in re­turn for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to a con­vic­tion.

A 27-year-old, 26-year-old, two 24-year-olds and a 23-year-old have all been ar­rested dur­ing the course of po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions but, to this day, no-one has been charged for the tar­geted killing.

The mo­tive for Mr Pike’s mur­der has never been iden­ti­fied. How­ever, de­tec­tives said Mr Pike was known to them.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion that can help the ap­peal, please call Mersey­side Po­lice on 101.

Paul Pike who was shot dead in Water­loo

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