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Rhys Jones murder: Liverpool gang member Melvin Coy wanted by police

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Image caption Rhys Jones was murdered in 2007 as he walked home from football practice

A man jailed for helping the gunman who murdered 11-year-old Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones is wanted for breaching his licence.

Melvin Coy was released on licence in 2011 having served half his sentence for assisting an offender after Rhys was shot in Croxteth in 2007.

Coy, 31, is wanted on prison recall for committing further offences and displaying poor behaviour, police said.

He was jailed for seven years for helping to destroy evidence.

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Image caption Melvin Coy was released on licence from prison in October 2011 having served half his sentence

Coy is known to have links to Bootle and Croxteth.

Rhys was shot dead by Sean Mercer outside the Fir Tree pub in August 2007 as the schoolboy walked back to his home from football practice.

Mercer, then aged 16, was shooting at members of the rival Norris Green gang when one of the bullets hit Rhys in the neck.

Mercer was jailed for life in 2008 and told he would serve a minimum 22 years.

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