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Police appeal after Gloucester man brutally killed eight years ago

Jesse Richards, 41, was attacked and killed over a drugs debt on July 31, 2009. Photo: Credit: Family

Police have launched a fresh appeal for information to find the body of a Gloucester man who was brutally killed eight years ago.

Jesse Richards, 41, was attacked and killed over a drugs debt on July 31 2009, and his body was believed to have been hidden.

He was killed in Cleeve Prior, near Evesham and detectives from West Mercia Police are appealing for the public's help.

Five men were jailed in connection with Jesse's death. Credit: ITV News

Jesse's body is thought to have been taken by his attackers to Warwickshire where it has remained hidden.

Five men were jailed in connection with his death and were collectively sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.

A reward of £10,000 has been offered for any information that helps find his body.

Jesse was killed eight years ago and his killers have been brought to justice for their crimes. However, his family continue to suffer and we want to give them the opportunity to lay Jesse to rest.

The investigation found evidence to suggest Jesse's body was transported to an area in Warwickshire some time after his death but was never found. We know some individuals have information which could lead us to Jesse's body and are choosing not to come forward. I appeal to them, their family or associates who may have that knowledge, to consider the pain Jesse's family continue to suffer long after his death and ask them to reconsider contacting police.

– Superintendent Mark Loader, Investigation Leader
Jesse's family continue to hope that his body will be found. Credit: ITV News

Jesse's family continue to hope that his body will be found.

His mother Lucy has reiterated her appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

I know nothing will bring my son back to me but I appeal to the public and ask they put themselves in my shoes. My son has been taken from me in the most violent way, eight years on and I still have not been able to lay his body to rest. I don't know where he is and the pain of not being able to visit his resting place is too much to bear.

If you have any information at all please get in touch with police and give me the opportunity to lay my son to rest.

– Lucy Richards, Jesse's Mother