1. ITV Report

Police offer £10,000 reward in historical murder appeal of Anthony Cavanagh

Anthony Cavanagh with his mother Pat Photo: Merseyside Police

Detectives on Merseyside are offering a £10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the killer of a sailor being caught.

Anthony Cavanagh was assaulted in an unprovoked attack 12 years ago this weekend during a night out with friends whilst on home leave from the Royal Navy.

The 22 year old from Kirkdale suffered catastrophic head injuries caused by a single punch by an unknown attacker outside the Walkabout bar on Concert Square, Liverpool.

He died in hospital 11 days later - a day after his birthday.

“Anthony was an innocent young man who was simply enjoying a night out with his mates when he was injured in an unprovoked attack as he left Walkabout."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker
A bench in memory of Anthony Cavanagh Credit: ITV Granada

Police say his attacker was part of a larger group who left the scene without trying to help.

Officers have made several arrests, including a man from Blundellsands, but no-one has yet been charged with causing Anthony’s death.

“We know that Anthony was punched by someone who he had accidentally knocked into as he left the bar. A drink was spilt and we believe Anthony was trying to apologise when he was attacked. The person who did this has lived with this on their conscience for 12 years."

"Friendships and loyalties can change in 12 years, as can people’s personal circumstances. Ten thousand pounds is a substantial sum."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker
  • Information can be left by calling the police on 101. Alternatively, anyone wishing to remain anonymously can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.