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Jimmy Millen murder: Clive Vale fishing lakes search yields nothing so far

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

Divers searching two fishing lakes for a gun used to murder an East Sussex doorman 11 years ago have found nothing of note so far, police have said.

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.

Eight police divers began their search of the lakes at the Clive Vale Angling Club in Hastings on Monday.

A spokesman said the search of the first lake was almost complete.

PC Paul Critchfield, from Sussex Police's specialist search unit, said the divers had been working in "extremely difficult conditions as the lakes have lily pads, reed beds and up to five feet of silt in places".

"As yet, nothing of note has been recovered.

"I would anticipate that our search of the top lake, which we will move on to on Friday, should be completed in two to three days," he said.

Criminal record

The search at the club off Harold Road was started after new evidence about the unsolved murder came to light.

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.

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.

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

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

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