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Appeal to solve John Shippam murder 10 years on

A fresh appeal for information has been launched by Nottinghamshire Police, in solving the murder of a man exactly a decade ago.

The body of 25-year-old John Shippam was found at a flat in the Bestwood area of Nottingham on the morning of 7 November 2002. He had been living there for a few weeks and died from gunshot wounds.

Police say despite significant enquiries over the last ten years, no one has been found responsible for his murder.

John Shippam pictured with his mother Josie Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

John was a loving son, who we miss dearly.

“We know he was involved with some bad people, but even so, who deserves a fate like that?

“The last ten years has been incredibly hard for us, we know there are people out there who are fully aware of who did this to our son, and yet they are still able to live their lives – something that John was never allowed to do. If you know something about what happened, please speak to the police.

“The photo issued today was the last time I hugged John – we have not been able to hug as a family since then, without him.

– Josie Shippam, John's mother
John Shippam's body was found at this flat in Bestwood on 7 November 2002 Credit: ITV Central

John was assaulted two days before his murder, while at a bonfire event at the Anchor pub in Gunthorpe. Police believe the attack is linked to his death and are appealing for anyone with information about the assault to come forward. Officers also want to hear from people who lived in Bestwood at the time of John's murder.

“Time can change people’s mindset, their allegiances may have changed and issues that might have caused concern back in 2002 may no longer be an influence.

“Think about how you would feel if it was your son, brother or nephew. You would want to see justice and whoever had done this behind bars. Help us to get that for John’s family.”

– DCI Rob Griffin, Nottinghamshire Police