Appeal for information on murder anniversary

Lucy Hargreaves
Mother of three Lucy Hargreaves was murdered in Walton 8 years ago Photo: Merseyside Police

Detectives in Liverpool are continuing to appeal for members of the public to come forward with information on the eighth anniversary of the murder of Lucy Hargreaves.

Mum of three, Lucy, was just 22-year-old when she was murdered in her home in Walton on 3 August 2005 and this year should have been celebrating her 30th birthday.

In the early hours of 3 August 2005, three men burst into Lucy’s home on Lambourne Road, Walton. They shot Lucy as she lay on the sofa downstairs, when her partner and their two-year-old daughter were asleep upstairs.

Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill explains: "Even as a toddler was heard crying upstairs, the offender poured petrol around the living room and hallway and set fire to the house. We believe the offenders would have been in no doubt they were killing a young woman. Their callous actions would have claimed the lives of two more people that night had Gary not escaped the flames by jumping with his daughter.

"Eight years on we are determined to bring Lucy Hargreaves' killers to justice and is appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

"Lucy was an innocent victim and this year her family should have been celebrating her 30th birthday with her - instead they have been robbed of a loving mother and daughter.

"It’s never too late to come forward with information – we believe someone, somewhere knows what has happened to Lucy and I hope that the passing of time will enable people to search their consciences and find the courage to come forward. I'd like to reassure them that there are special measures that can be put in place to protect witnesses in serious cases such as this.”

Anyone with information in relation to the death of Lucy Hargreaves is asked to call 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Kevin Parle
Kevin Thomas Parle wanted for questioning Credit: Merseyside Police

Police say the whereabouts of Kevin Thomas Parle, now 31-years-old, are still unknown in connection with the murder of Lucy Hargreaves as well as that of Liam Kelly.

Parle is described as white, 6ft 5in tall with a broad build. He has blue eyes, cropped ginger hair and a 1"scar on the left side of his head.

It's possible that Mr Parle is living abroad and there are two European arrest warrants out for arrest.

16-year-old Liam Kelly was murdered in the early hours of 19 June 2004 on Grafton Street, Dingle. As he got out of his car he was approached by two men who were armed with a gun. Liam attempted to run away but was shot as he tried to get into a nearby house. He died as a result of his injuries.