|APPEAL FOR INFORMATION ON THE EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MURDER OF JAMES STANTON|
Detectives investigating the murder of 58-year-old James Stanton, are appealing for information on the eighth anniversary of his murder in a bid to find those responsible.
Police are offering a reward of £20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death.
James Stanton was shot whilst he was at work in his business premises, Aintree Commercial Vehicles on Ormskirk Road, Aintree, on 24 July, 2006.
Detectives believe two men were responsible for the murder of James Stanton and that they left the scene in a blue Toyota Avensis (registration DM53 MKK), stolen from Sefton Street, Liverpool, two months before the murder and was found burnt out on Blindfoot Road, Rainford, the following day.
Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill said: “Eight years have passed since the murder of James Stanton and his wife, Jean and family are still suffering from their loss. They can’t rest until those responsible for his death are arrested, charged and brought before the courts.
“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who may have seen the car between 25 May and the night of the murder, bearing in mind that the car may not have been displaying its original number plates at the time of the murder.
“The incident happened on a busy route to and from the city centre at rush hour and I would appeal to anyone who was around at the time, either on foot or in a car to cast their mind back and let us know if they saw anything at all unusual.”
James Stanton’s widow, Jean, has appealed for anyone with information to contact the police. She said: “I lost my husband eight years ago and until those responsible for Jim’s death are caught we cannot move on.
“I still struggle with the question of why this happened to Jim and would ask anybody who has any information to please contact the police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on 0151 777 8660, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.