Detectives investigating the murder of Liverpool fan James Taylor have released an appeal to city centre taxi drivers.
A murder probe into the 34-year-old’s death has seen three people arrested and released under investigation and now police are appealing again to people who may have been driving in the area at the time.
Detective Chief Inspector of Merseyside Police Ian Warlow: “A week on and while the local community will have seen a lot of police activity in the area as well as a number of arrests, we still need information from them.
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“The local community are our eyes and ears, and we believe that on the evening of the shooting, there were people in the area of Holy Cross Close and Addison Street, who are yet to speak with us.
“We’d appeal to anyone who may have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, to get in contact.
“We’re also appealing to drivers and taxi drivers who may have been in this area at around 8pm to get in contact.
“This incident took place near to the very busy Leeds Street and I’m asking for any drivers / taxi drivers who may have dash-cam footage to give us a call.”
His wife, who refers to him as “Jay”, contacted the ECHO for help in sharing a plea from one of his daughters, as her final wish for her dad.
The young girl is calling on the Anfield club to pay tribute to her dad by reading his name out at the next home game when the Reds face Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week.
Speaking to the ECHO , Jay’s wife said: “She posted it last night on Instagram and it has gone viral. Loads of people have been sharing it and saying they’ve got connections with the club.
“People have got us VIP tickets for the next game when Liverpool play Watford .”
She added: “[My daughter] has been really strong and I think for her it would be amazing, if that’s what she wants. Jay hated pictures or attention but she would be made up.”
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She said: “Jay wasn’t one for attention but it’s for his daughter.”
In police’s latest appeal over the brutal killing, Det Ch Insp Ian Warlow added: “We also recovered a black Ford Fiesta in nearby Summer Seat, shortly after the shooting, which we believe to be linked – again I’d ask anyone who heard or saw anything or anybody in this area, after 8pm, to make contact.”
“You can contact us directly via @MerPolCC or 101 and you can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers totally anonymously via 0800 555 111 or @CrimestoppersUK – any information given to them, is completely anonymous you won’t be asked for your details.
“You could be helping us to trace the person(s) responsible for this terrible crime, enabling us to take them off our streets and bring them to justice.”
A mobile police station will remain in the area from 6pm to 9pm and members of the public are invited to speak to the officers staffing the station during this time.
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