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Appeal over 2002 murder renewed

11 December 08 18:18 GMT

Police have made a renewed appeal for information over the murder of a man who was found shot dead at his home on Merseyside six years ago.

Danny Regan, 25, who had recently moved to the area from Leeds, was found dead at his home in Station Road, Haydock, St Helens, on 15 December 2002.

It is thought the gunman broke into his conservatory and shot him in the chest three days earlier.

An e-fit of the suspect has now been released by police.

Mr Regan was involved in drug dealing and had only moved to Merseyside 12 months earlier.

On the anniversary of his death, detectives are calling for anyone with information which could help the inquiry to come forward.

His mother, Pat Regan, made an appeal for information before she died last year.

She said: "I know that Danny's lifestyle may have led to his death and some of the things he did were wrong.

"But he wasn't an evil person and didn't deserve to die like this."

Det Ch Insp Mike Shaw said: "Six years may have passed, but our commitment to tracing those who murdered Danny remains.

"I would appeal to anyone who might not have already come forward with information to contact us.

"We believe that Danny had connections in both Yorkshire, particularly the Leeds area, and Merseyside and I would appeal to anyone who may have information in either of these areas, which could help us with our inquiries to contact us."

Police have released an e-fit of a man who may hold valuable information about the events leading up to the shooting.

Detectives are also appealing to anyone who may have seen a silver or grey Rover car, registration number J609 MBU, which had been stolen from the Manchester area on 12 December 2002.

The car was later found burnt out on Station Road, Haydock.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen this car, or anyone acting suspiciously in or around Station Road, Haydock, between 12 and 15 December 2002 to come forward.

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