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Family appeal. They visit grave on what would have been his 18th birthday.

James should be celebrating his 18th birthday today. He died after being shot.

The family of James Meadows have been talking of their unbearable grief. The teenager should have been celebrating his 18th birthday today. Instead his family are making an appeal to help find his killer. He was riding pillion on a motorbike when he was shot on a Sunday evening (October 8).

It’s a time that James should be celebrating and having fun with his much loved family and friends. Instead of the celebratory plans we had made and the presents we had bought for him, which we can’t give to him, we will be visiting his grave with cards and flowers.

We should be watching him enjoy himself and living his life to the full, instead as a family we are unable to do this with James being tragically and cruelly taken away from us at such a young age.

As a family the void of James not being with us is still unbearable. Each day we expect and wait for him to walk through the door.

We appeal to anyone with a conscience to please come forward and provide information to the police. We will never get our beloved James back but justice for James will help our family to come to terms with this living nightmare that we find ourselves in.

– Family statement

Anyone with information should search their consciences and come forward, either directly to the investigation team, or you can pass information anonymously through Crimestoppers, a charity completely independent of the police.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone in the area of Lyme Cross Road on the evening of Sunday, 8 October, or anyone who saw a dark coloured hatchback car, possibly a Mercedes, on the Longview or Hillside estate.

– Detective Chief Inspector Bev Hyland