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Appeal over Richard Deakin's bed shooting murder

Richard Deakin
Image caption Richard Deakin was found shot in his chest at home last July

Detectives investigating the murder of a man who was shot in the chest as he lay in bed are appealing for information a year after his death.

Richard Deakin, 27, was shot at his home in Meadway Street, Chasetown, Staffordshire on 5 July.

Two men, from Bilston in the West Midlands, were arrested last month on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and released on police bail.

A £20,000 reward has been offered for information which leads a conviction.

A masked man carrying a weapon was seen on CCTV entering Mr Deakin's garden, before leaving with an accomplice in a Vauxhall Corsa.

'Full support'

The Corsa was later found abandoned less than a mile away.

Mr Deakin moved to Chasetown with his fiance in 2008. They lived with their daughters, aged four and two.

He was alone in the house at the time of his murder.

Det Ch Insp Dave Garrett, who is leading the inquiry, said: "A year on from Richard's tragic murder, we remain fully committed to bringing his killers to justice.

"Richard's death devastated his family and we're continuing to offer them our full support.

"A £20,000 reward posted in December during an appeal on Crimewatch still stands.

"We hope this will prompt further calls as we continue to encourage people who know anything about Richard's murder to come forward."

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