Page last updated at 05:50 GMT, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 06:50 UK

Reward to help catch man's killer

James Stanton - pic courtesy of Merseyside police
The father-of-four died in hospital

A £10,000 reward has been offered to help find the killers of a man who was shot dead in Merseyside one year ago.

James Stanton, 58, was shot in the head at a van showroom where he worked in Ormskirk Road, Aintree, on 24 July.

The father-of-four, from Thornton, was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

Detectives are looking for two men who fled the scene in a blue Toyota Avensis, which was later found burnt out on Blindfoot Road in Rainford.

The car was stolen from Sefton Street, Liverpool, on 25 May 2006 but may not have been fitted with its original number plates at the time of the murder.

Police are offering up to £10,000 to anyone who supplies information leading to the prosecution of anyone linked to the death.

His sudden death has devastated all the family and especially the grandchildren who keep asking 'Is granddad coming home?'
Jean Stanton, Victim's widow

Det Ch Insp Mark Dale said: "We are still actively investigating this case and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

"This incident happened on a busy route out of the city centre, at 1800 BST during the rush hour. There will have been plenty of people in the area at the time.

"I would ask them all to cast their mind back and think did they see anything unusual in and around the area near to the entrance of Aintree Racecourse."

Mr Stanton's widow, Jean, has also appealed for witnesses to come forward, saying the family cannot rest while the killer is at large.

Key witness

"I can't believe that he's been taken from us, his sudden death has devastated all the family and especially the grandchildren who keep asking 'Is granddad coming home?'

"We are inconsolable over his loss. Someone has information that would help the police to find these people who ended the life of a man who had so much to look forward to."

Police are trying to trace one particular person they believe may have vital information.

"We know there was a woman with children, standing near the vehicle the gunmen used to get-away from the scene," Det Ch Insp Dale said.

"She may have information which could prove vital to this investigation and I would appeal for her to come forward."

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