Police confident of catching killers of Nicholas Ayers

Nicholas Ayers
Image caption Nicholas Ayers was shot in West Derby in April

Detectives believe it is "only a matter of time" before they catch the killers of a man who was shot dead in a street in Liverpool a year ago.

Nicholas Ayers, 46, died after being shot several times in South Cantril Avenue, West Derby, on 29 April 2010.

Several people have been arrested on suspicion of murder during the inquiry but no-one has been charged.

Det Insp Robert Hill, of Merseyside Police, said Mr Ayers' family deserved answers about why he was targeted.

Emergency services were called to reports of the shooting at about 0010 BST. Mr Ayers, who had been shot several times, died at the scene.

Mr Hill said it was a targeted attack and officers were continuing to pursue a number of lines of positive inquiry.

"The family are devastated by what happened. Nobody deserves to dies in that way.

"We are determined to catch them because we owe it to the family to provide those answers.

"A year on people may have moved from the area or may be in a different position now. I would urge those people to come forward and speak to us in the utmost confidence.

"Investigations like this are obviously quite difficult, but we have made some good progress.

"I'm confident that we will identify those responsible - it's only a matter of time."

Mr Ayers was heavily involved in Sunday league football and had been to see his daughter shortly before he was killed.

The team he managed, Western Approaches FC in Croxteth, is well-known in the area.

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