Re­ward in un­solved mur­der

FAM­ILY OF­FERS £50K TO FIND HIS­TORIC KILLERS

Sunday Sun - - News - By Chris Knight Re­porter christo­pher.knight@reach­plc.com

NA­TALIE LO­GAN has grown up with no mem­ory of her fa­ther Paul – “the star up in the sky” – af­ter he was bru­tally mur­dered al­most 25 years ago.

The take­away de­liv­ery driver was am­bushed and blud­geoned to death on re­mote farm­land near Shot­ley Bridge, County Durham, aged just 25.

Paul’s mur­der left his wife Pamela a wi­dow and chil­dren, nine-month-old Na­talie and four-year-old Michael, with­out a fa­ther.

Now – speak­ing pub­licly for the first time – Na­talie has emo­tion­ally opened up on the im­pact of Paul’s death as the fam­ily is­sue a £50,000 re­ward to any­one who can bring his killers to jus­tice.

Daugh­ter Na­talie said: “He’s my star up in the sky – 25 years this Christ­mas, we have been left with no an­swers and no jus­tice.

“I can’t sit and say I miss him every day and it hurts, as how can you miss some­thing you didn’t have or know?

“For me, this hurts more than if I could have a day with him to know what he’s like – did I look like him, am I like him, and is he proud of the young woman I’ve be­come?

“He was the same age as I am now and he had his whole life ahead of him. I have no doubt he would have loved us very much, es­pe­cially his new grand­son.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I can’t bring him back and I’m just left with pho­tos as a mem­ory.

Paul, from Black­hill, Con­sett, was work­ing as a de­liv­ery driver for the Golden Flower Chi­nese restau­rant when he was lured to nearby Blue House Farm to drop off a meal late on De­cem­ber 23, 1993.

The hoax call was placed from a nearby phone box and the 25-year-old was found dead on snow-cov­ered farm­land about 50 yards from his car in the early hours of Christ­mas Eve.

Sis­ter Dawn Lo­gan, 48, said: “It’s had a mas­sive, huge im­pact. It’s a fam­ily mem­ber – a bit of the chain that’s miss­ing.

“When Paul was taken from us, it was just mas­sive to us and it still is. It never changes. To be truth­ful, it’s still as raw now as when it hap­pened.

“Paul was a great brother – we al­ways had funny times as a fam­ily grow­ing up. As a dad he was ex­cel­lent, un­for­tu­nately for Na­talie she didn’t have a lot of time with her dad.

“Even though peo­ple say time is a great healer, it’s not. It never leaves you. You go through your day dif­fer­ently. You’ve got to keep re­mem­ber­ing the good times to get through the days.”

Paul’s griev­ing par­ents Elsie and Hugh made re­peated pleas for in­for­ma­tion and, in 2003, of­fered a £10,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the con­vic­tion of their son’s killers.

Both have passed away with­out see­ing jus­tice served but, just months ahead of the 25th an­niver­sary of the mur­der, the fam­ily have is­sued a far more sub­stan­tial re­ward.

Northum­bria Po­lice’s De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dave English, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, is hope­ful the re­ward will en­cour­age peo­ple to come for­ward.

Dawn said: “Peo­ple’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tions and al­le­giances change and we hope that might have a lit­tle bit of im­pact to bring some­body for­ward. It would give us clo­sure as a fam­ily be­cause un­for­tu­nately our par­ents have passed away with­out see­ing any jus­tice for Paul.

“If you know any­thing or some­one’s liv­ing with the bur­den of know­ing some­body’s that’s done it or in­for­ma­tion, now’s the time to come for­ward.”

Na­talie fin­ished: “I ask any­one out there with an­swers to lis­ten to your con­science. Tell the po­lice, let them do their job.

“Some­thing you think may be so lit­tle could be some­thing big to this po­lice in­quiry. Any­thing is bet­ter than noth­ing.

“This will not go away. We will not rest and one day I truly hope we will find the an­swers, and me and my fam­ily can have our clo­sure.” Dawn Lo­gan and, inset, Paul Lo­gan with his son Michael ”

SI­MON GREENER

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