Bootle van murder police following 'positive leads'

Stephen Lloyd
Image caption Stephen Lloyd was shot dead while he was sitting in his van

Detectives hunting the killer of a man who was shot dead on Merseyside four years ago have said they are still following positive lines of inquiry.

Stephen Lloyd, 25, was shot as he sat in his car on an industrial estate in Bootle on 13 July 2006.

Four years on, police are still trying to trace the driver of a while Volvo T5 who they believe is key to the inquiry.

Twelve men have been arrested during the investigation - the latest in February - but no-one has been charged.

Mr Lloyd had just got into his small van on Redfern Street after leaving work when he was shot by the occupant of a white Ford Transit van.

His attacker then fled in the van, before dumping it and setting it alight in nearby Bedford Road, Bootle.

Image caption Police are still trying to trace the driver of this Volvo T5

Men were then seen running away from the vehicle before getting into a white Volvo on Kings Road.

Officers have reissued CCTV stills of the Volvo, which was seen driving around the area weeks before the killing, in the hope someone recognises it.

It was last seen in the Bedford Road area on the afternoon of Mr Lloyd's death.

Det Supt Ian Kemble said: "Since the murder of Stephen Lloyd a total of 12 men have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation and positive lines of inquiry are currently being followed up.

"Four years on the family have still had no closure and cannot rest until those responsible are brought to justice."

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