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One year on: Fresh appeal for info on ‘Salford man’ who shot 7-year-old Christian Hickey

It’s a year the the day that a seven-year-old boy was shot in the legs at his home in Winton, Eccles in a dispute between gangs that shocked the local community.

Police have launched a fresh appeal for any information on a distinctive hitman who fired the bullet on Jayne and Christian Hickey’s doorstep.

The man is described as being white, chunky build, speaking slowly in a distinctive Salford accent and was around 20 years old.

The two men sped off from mDover Street in a black Audi S3, forcing a potential witness to pull over his small motorcross bike on Worsley Road.

Detectives in the Major Incident Team are specifically appealing for this person to come forward.

The shooting was part of an ongoing feud between two gangs in Salford.

Two men have already been jailed for trafficking the gun used in the shooting and police have made 18 arrests so far in the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington of GMP’s Major Investigation Team said: “It has been a year since a young boy and his mum were shot on the doorstep of their own home; somewhere they should feel safe.

“Christian and Jayne are recovering well, but what happened to them will affect them for the rest of their lives and we are determined to bring them justice.

“It is believed the Audi drove at high speed close to a motorcyclist on Worsley Road causing him to pull over.

“The motorbike was a small motor cross possibly a 125cc, being ridden by a what looked like a young person. The bike pulled over and turned down a side street, possibly Hartington Road. A few seconds later the bike pulled out onto Worsley Road and drove off towards the motorway and out of sight

“If this was you on the motorbike, or you remember seeing a black Audi S3 parked up on Dover Street or travelling at speed on Worsley Road, please get in touch with police.

“We are also trying to trace the occupants of a small dark coloured hatchback saloon that had a broad stripe running diagonally from the front door over the wheel arches.

“The Audi was seen to pass this vehicle at speed on Worsley Road after the shooting.

“Salford is a strong and close-knit community and, if you do know something that may help our investigation, please get in touch.

“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.”

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety at Salford City Council backed the appeal for information. “This was an appalling crime and I urge anyone who knows anything at all to do the right thing and pass on that information. You can do so anonymously but please do act. Don’t let the people who did this get away with it for a moment longer.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3400 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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