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Victim's family launch web appeal
Anthony and Pat Cavanagh
Pat Cavanagh has made previous appeals for witnesses
The family of murdered sailor Anthony Cavanagh has set up a website in a bid to help police catch his killer.

The 22-year-old was on shore leave when he was attacked in the Walkabout bar on Fleet Street, Liverpool, in the early hours of 24 September 2005.

Now, his mother Pat and brother Peter, the Accrington Stanley captain, have launched a site appealing for help.

Details of the crime, CCTV footage and photos are all featured on the site at www.anthonycavanagh.co.uk.

The case was highlighted last month when Accrington Stanley dedicated their Conference championship to Anthony.

Players wore t-shirts emblazoned with his picture and their captain has continued to fight to keep the case in the public eye.

We would encourage anybody who has any information to contact us or use the website that the Cavanaghs have set up
Det Ch Insp Paul Richardson

Speaking about the site's launch, Peter Cavanaugh told the BBC: "We just thought it would be nice to have some sort of memorial to Anthony.

"Once we got hold of the CCTV pictures - which are a bit clearer than they were in the paper - we thought maybe we could get to someone who saw something [on the night]."

Anthony died on the day after his 22nd birthday in Walton Neurological Centre, 11 days after being punched in an unprovoked attack.

In a tribute on the website, the family writes: "Anthony Cavanagh had served on HMS Cardiff for almost two years and was a very popular member of the crew who was noted for his kind nature, cheerfulness and disarming sense of humour.

"Although only 22 and in the early stages of his career, he was a hard-working and professional young man who showed a great deal of promise.

Accrington Stanley players
Accrington's players wore t-shirts with Anthony's photograph

"He could always be relied upon to behave impeccably in any situation and was a credit to his family and the Royal Navy."

Det Ch Insp Paul Richardson, leading the inquiry, said the response to appeals had been "less than favourable".

"We would encourage anybody who has any information to contact us or use the website that the Cavanaghs have set up," he said.

The last appeal for information was in March, when Mrs Cavanagh filmed a televised plea for witnesses to come forward.

CCTV footage shows the man who punched her son was white, of muscular build with short, brown hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and hooded top.

  • Anyone who was in the bar and witnessed the assault, or who has any information which could help the police with their inquiries can contact the incident room on 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    The Justice for Anthony Cavanagh website can be found by following the link on the right.

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