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Appeal over woman's murder in Liverpool five years on

Lucy Hargreaves
Image caption Lucy Hargreaves was shot and set alight in 2005

Police are making a fresh appeal for information over the murder of a 22-year-old Liverpool woman exactly five years after her death.

Lucy Hargreaves was shot by three men who broke into her home in Lambourne Road, Walton, as her partner and their two year-old daughter were upstairs.

The men then poured petrol around the lounge and hallway and set the house alight in the attack on 3 August 2005.

A £25,000 reward is offered for information which leads to conviction.

Merseyside Police said her killers would have claimed the lives of two more people that night, had Ms Hargreaves' partner Gary not escaped the flames by jumping with his daughter from an upstairs window.

Investigations 'relentless'

Detectives are still looking for Kevin Thomas Parle, 28, who they want to speak to in connection with the murder of Ms Hargreaves.

They also want to question him about the death of 16-year-old Liam Kelly, who was shot in Dingle in 2004.

Det Sup Ian Mulcahey, of Merseyside Police, said it was "never too late".

He said: "We are as determined as ever to bring the offenders to justice, for Lucy and her family. Lucy was an innocent victim and our investigations into her death are relentless.

"Five years on, I would hope that the passing of time will enable people to search their consciences and find the courage to come forward to tell us what they know."

He added: "We understand that people are sometimes reluctant to come forward in the aftermath of such a serious crime as this, but Lucy was an innocent victim. It's never too late.

"Any new information we are given will be acted upon, I would strongly urge anyone who has any information to come and speak to us now."

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