AN appeal for information surrounding the killing of Peter Singleton was renewed on Saturday, the seventh anniversary of his death.
The 26-year-old car dealer was shot on March 27 2003, at 7.30pm outside his West Kirby home, as his girlfriend and three-year-old child looked on in horror.
The family were standing outside the house on Column Road when a masked gunman approached, leaving Mr Singleton with fatal gunshot wounds to his head and stomach.
Today, Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey said: “Seven years on, people may have moved from the area or may be in a different situation from then, and now feel in a position to talk to the police.
“If this is you, I would urge you to come forward.”
In the years since Peter Singleton’s death, detectives travelled to Scotland, the North East, Kent and Manchester, attempting to track down the killer and his accomplice.
Investigations still centre on the white Vauxhall Astra van seen speeding off along Grange Cross Lane, and subsequently found burnt out in Carr Lane, Moreton.
Two men of “youthful appearance” wearing dark clothes were seen entering Westry Close from the footpath which leads from Carr Lane.
The pair ran off in the direction of Millhouse Lane.
Det Supt Mulcahey said: “We have a number of unanswered questions. Firstly – where did the two men go after they left the white Vauxhall Astra van on Carr Lane?
“It’s a possibility that after the van was set alight, the pair got into another vehicle in that area.
“Did you see a car parked in the area that wasn't usually there?
“Perhaps you saw two men acting suspiciously near Westry Close on the evening of March 27, and can tell us what you saw.”
Det Supt Mulcahey said: “We know that when the shooting took place the van was using false registration plates, number KP52 XGD.
“The blank registration plates are unique, with a green band around the edge of the plate face.
“These were made and sold to traders across the UK by one company – Signam Ltd, in Warwick.
“If you are a trader who bought plates from Signam to make up in your shop, you may be able to help us.”
Anyone with any information should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.