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Police renew appeal for Paul Massey killer on second anniversary of shooting

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

Detectives investigating the shooting of a “Mr Big” killed in a suspected gangland feud have renewed an appeal for information on the second anniversary of his death.

Salford businessman Paul Massey was shot five times outside his home on Manchester Road in Clifton at 7.30pm on Sunday, July 26 2015.

Greater Manchester Police believe the 55-year-old’s death was part of an ongoing feud between organised crime groups.

Two years on from the shooting, officers are said to be pursuing a number of lines of enquiry and have launched a further appeal for information.

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

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington, the senior investigating officer, said: “On the second anniversary of Paul Massey’s murder we are renewing our appeal for information and offering a £50,000 reward.

“We want to bring the offender to justice and we need your help. Salford is a close-knit community and I want to reiterate that if you come forward you will have our full support.

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Mourners attend the funeral procession of Paul Massey in Salford two years ago (Peter Byrne/PA)

“If you don’t feel you can talk to police but you have information, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Detectives believe the gunman was white, of slim build and wearing a fisherman style hat, face covering, green or khaki long-sleeved top and combat style trousers tucked into black, lace-up boots.

He was carrying a sub machine gun-style weapon and was seen coming from the direction of Clifton Community Centre, directly across the road from Mr Massey’s home.

Witnesses said he fired a series of shots then walked back towards the centre’s car park.

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Paul Massey died after being shot five times outside his home in Salford (Peter Byrne/PA)

Police are also appealing for information about the “potentially important” sighting of a man sitting in a white Renault Kangoo van in Clifton Country Park two days before the shooting.

The man, seen at about 7pm on Friday, July 24, is described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5ft 10in tall and wearing a black hat, jacket, camouflage trousers and carrying a torch and a gun described as being the same style as an Uzi.

Father-of-five and grandfather Mr Massey was a well-known figure in his home city of Salford and had been involved with security firms operating in Manchester and beyond.

He had first been dubbed “Mr Big” by the late Salford councillor Joe Burrows at a town hall meeting to discuss civil disturbances in 1992. Massey denied having anything to do with the unrest.

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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