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Mother's appeal to catch killer

12 December 07 14:14 GMT

The mother of a man shot dead in St Helens five years ago has renewed her appeal for help to catch his killer.

Pat Regan's 25-year-old son Danny was killed at his home on Station Road, Haydock, in 2002.

Police said the death of the father-of-two was linked to his "criminal lifestyle" and have never found the murder weapon.

Mrs Regan made her appeal on behalf of her family who needed "to know what happened to help them move on".

Drug dealer

The dead man, originally from Leeds, was involved in drug dealing and had only moved to Merseyside 12 months earlier.

Mrs Regan, who has campaigned against gun crime since the death of her son, added: "We will never get over it, the worst thing is not even knowing who killed him, never mind why.

"It's been the longest five years of my life. Danny was involved in drug dealing but he was a really nice lad. He was a kind hearted person.

"I'll never have closure as my son is never going to come home, but this information would help us."

Detectives leading the investigation said Mr Regan was found dead on 15 December but is believed to have been shot three days earlier.

Officers are still keen to trace the murder weapon , either a semi automatic gun or pump action shotgun.

Det Chf Insp Mike Shaw said: "Five years have passed but the person or persons responsible for this have gone undetected.

"We believed the murder was connected to his lifestyle and his criminality.

"Although this remains undetected we are still resolute in bringing this to a successful conclusion."

A witness from the time saw a black man about 5ft 6ins (1.5m) tall with a pencil thin moustache near Mr Regan's house on the night he died.

A stolen silver Rover car with the registration J609MBU was also found burnt out near to the property, it had been stolen from Salford the night before.

Anyone with any information about the car or man seen nearby, should contact police.

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