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Fresh appeal on anniversary of murder

Nicholas Ayers Photo: Merseyside Police

Detectives investigating the murder of 46-year-old Nicholas Ayers are reappealing for information on the third anniversary of his death.

Merseyside Police is reoffering a £20,000 reward leading to the capture, arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for the murder of Mr Ayers.

Nicholas Ayers, who was known to his friends as Nicky, was murdered in the early hours of Thursday, 29 April 2010. Emergency services were called at around 12.10am to South Cantril Avenue, West Derby, following reports of shots being fired.

When officers arrived at the scene they found the body of Nicholas Ayers, who managed the Western Approaches football team, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff.

Detective Inspector Rob Hill, said: "Nicholas's death has had a devastating effect on his family. They all miss him greatly and we want to bring the people responsible to justice.

"I would hope that the passing of time will enable people to search their consciences and find the courage to come forward to tell us what they know. We understand that people are sometimes reluctant to come forward in the aftermath of such a serious crime as this.

"I would urge anyone with information to come forward either directly to the team of dedicated officers or anonymously through Crimestoppers in the strictest of confidence. No matter how small the piece of information is, it may be essential in identifying those responsible.

"We are also still keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a motorcycle being driven in the area around the time of the incident. We will always respond to fresh information and remain committed to bringing the offenders to justice.''