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New plea in 20-year murder hunt

Laurence Winstanley
Mr Winstanley's body was weighed down by a pickaxe head

A £10,000 reward has been offered to catch the killers of a Greater Manchester man whose body was found dumped in a reservoir 20 years ago.

Laurence Winstanley, 23, of Sholver, Oldham, was last seen in The Windsor pub on 2 October 1988.

His body was discovered in Batings Dams Reservoir in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, a year later, wrapped in a curtain and weighed down by a pickaxe head.

West Yorkshire Police have offered the reward to solve "this horrific crime".

Post-mortem tests later showed Mr Winstanley died from a gunshot wound to the head.

His body was pulled from waters at the West Yorkshire beauty spot on 26 September 1989.

He was given no chance to have a normal life; to get married, to have children and to grow old
Vanessa Winstanley, victim's mother

Supt Colin Prime, leading the investigation, said: ''Someone out there knows who was responsible for Laurence's death.

"The circumstances of the murder, and the subsequent recovery of his body, lead us to believe that the killer did not act alone."

On the day he vanished Mr Winstanley had been for a drink in The Windsor pub, where he received a telephone call that caused him concern, police revealed.

He then took an hour to complete a journey, which usually took a few minutes, to the home of his mother, Vanessa Winstanley.

Police are trying to piece together where he went in that hour.

Car scrapped

Mr Winstanley then returned to the pub, but after leaving he was never seen again.

His red Ford Cortina, registration SAT 385W, was taken to a scrap metal yard in Oldham a few days after his disappearance.

Mrs Winstanley described her son's killing as a "horrific crime".

"We only function in the hope that this will come to a close... that Laurence will finally be laid to peace," she said.

"He was given no chance to have a normal life; to get married, to have children and to grow old."



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