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Jimmy Millen murder: Clive Vale fishing lakes searched

Divers began searching the lakes at Clive Vale Angling Club in Hastings on Monday
Image caption Police were told the weapon may have been disposed of in one of the lakes

Police divers have been searching two East Sussex fishing lakes for a gun used to murder a doorman 11 years ago.

Jimmy Millen, 27, was shot outside his home in Tile Barn Road, Hastings, by two men who rode past him on a motorbike. No-one was ever arrested.

Sussex Police began searching the lakes at Clive Vale Angling Club in Hastings on Monday.

A spokesman said the search was started after new evidence about the unsolved murder came to light.

The search by a specialist Sussex Police team at the club off Harold Road, is expected to last a week.

Mr Millen's son, Jimmy Millen Jr, said: "It's been a long time since anything has happened or anything's been done.

"We didn't really know if it was true to start with until we went down the police station. So yeah, we're pretty happy [about the search]."

Father-of-three Mr Millen was working on a car outside his home when he was shot four times at close range.

After the shooting he crawled to nearby Carpenter Drive but died in hospital.

Family criticism

It was later revealed that he had a criminal record after serving a sentence for assault.

Police said last October the murder inquiry would be subject to a review following criticism from Mr Millen's widow Michelle.

Image caption Sussex Police said a £10,000 reward for information about Jimmy Millen's murder was still valid

Mrs Millen said the family felt there had been a lack of action from the police because of Mr Millen's criminal record.

"Ten years on, these people are still walking the streets and literally nothing has been done," she said.

The family believe the killers live locally.

At the time, police linked Mr Millen's death with the disappearance of another man in the town, Jason Martin-Smith, originally from Camberley, Surrey. Both remain unresolved.

A police reward of £10,000 offered in 2001 for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the murder inquiry remains valid, a spokesman said.

"Any new evidence will be investigated and anyone with information regarding the murder of Jimmy Millen is asked to come forward," said the spokesman.

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