Fresh Police Appeal On Anniversary of Man's Death

26th July 2016

Police have launched a fresh appeal for information a year after the murder of Paul Massey in Salford.

At 7.30pm on Sunday 26 July 2015, 55-year-old Paul Massey was shot five times outside his home on Manchester Road in Clifton.

A Home Office post-mortem concluded that Paul died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detectives investigating the murder of Paul Massey believe it was part of an ongoing feud between organised crime groups in Salford. A substantial team of detectives are dedicated to investigating these crimes and so far 18 arrests have been made in connection with the linked attacks and the wider feud.

Police are continuing their investigation and have launched a further appeal for information on the anniversary of Paul's death.

The offender has been described as white and of slim build and was wearing a hat, possibly fisherman style, a face covering, a green or khaki long-sleeved top and combat style trousers tucked into black, lace-up boots. He was carrying a black gun described as a sub machine gun style weapon.

Witnesses describe the offender coming from the direction of the Clifton Community Centre directly across Manchester Road from Paul's house.

He fired a series of shots and then walked back towards the centre's car park and was last seen walking in the direction of the side alleyway between this and St Anne's Church. This alleyway leads out onto an open area leading to Clifton Country Park.

There was also a potentially important sighting two days before the shooting. Police are appealing for information about a man who was seen at 7pm on Friday 24 July, in Clifton Country Park sat in, what is described as, a white Renault Kangoo van.

He is described as white, in his late thirties to early forties, about 5ft 10in tall and was wearing a black hat, jacket, camouflage trousers and carrying a torch and a gun described as being the same style as an Uzi. Detectives urge him to come forward.

A £50,000 reward is still on offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: "We have made good progress, however we still need information to help our investigation.

"It has been an extremely difficult year for Paul's friends and family and we are continuing to offer them support.

"Salford is a strong community and I am appealing to people to come forward if they have any information that could help us bring the offender to justice.

"I want to stress that if you come forward with what you know you will have our full support. Or if you don't feel you can talk to police but you have information, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police on 0161 856 9775,101, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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