Appeal On Salford Murder Anniversary

10 September 2012, 10:28

Police are urging a Salford community to help them catch the killer of a man, exactly a year after he was gunned down in a local pub.

Lee Erdman was killed as he drank in the Wellington pub on Regent Road in Ordsall in the early hours of Saturday 10th September 2011.

The 37 year old was standing at the bar when another customer he had been calming talking to, shot him in the chest then left. There had been no argument between the two men or anyone else.

Officers are making a direct appeal to the local community, which they believe holds the key to catching the gunman.

Despite an extensive investigation and a £50,000 reward, officers have not received any information or evidence that could secure a conviction.

Six men have been arrested and bailed over the shooting. Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Inspector Dave Henthorne, who helps oversee policing in Ordsall, said: "This was a murder that quite rightly shocked the community and left a mother devastated.

"Lee's mum Pat will tell you the heartbreaking effects of having one of your children taken away from you well before their time.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, of the Major Incident Team, is leading the investigation. He said: "People have been reluctant to tell us the whole story of what they saw.

"We want to break through that and remind people that we have a range a measures available to us to ensure you are not identified if you speak to us and to keep you and your family safe.

Councillor David Lancaster, Deputy Mayor for Salford City Council, said: "This murder shocked the people of Salford and is not representative of our city. The vast majority of people that live here are good people and we only need one person to come forward and provide information, even anonymously, that will help police to put the pieces of the jigsaw together and bring the killer to justice. Then Mr Erdmann's family can grieve properly and stop this incident hanging over the city."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 1722 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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