Cyclist may have ‘vital information’ over day release prisoner murder

Police have issued a CCTV image of a cyclist they want to speak to over the murder of a serving prisoner on day release.

Carl Russell, 27, was gunned down in Belle Vale, Liverpool, as he and his partner got out of a car on October 7.

Police believe the man may have vital information about the targeted shooting in Cornwood Close shortly before 11.30am.

CCTV image of cyclist who may have vital information on Carl Russell murder
CCTV image of cyclist who may have vital information on Carl Russell murder

Mr Russell, who survived a previous attempt on his life in 2010, had been serving a sentence at Category D open jail HMP Thorn Cross in Warrington, Cheshire.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker, of Merseyside Police, said: “We need to speak to the individual pictured as we believe that he may have vital information to help our inquiries.

“Likewise, if you recognise the jacket he is wearing or the bike he is riding, have seen these in recent days, or heard any discussion locally about these items, please let us know. The jacket is a hi-vis orange jacket which was dark blue at the bottom with a reflective band.

“We ae also continuing to appeal to anyone with information to come forward and help us identify who was responsible for this shocking murder and put them before the courts.

“You may have information which you think is minor, or insignificant, and don’t think it is worth letting us know. Let us make that decision, because what you know may be the key to solving this crime, removing dangerous people and weapons from the streets, and getting justice for Carl’s family.”

Police officers in Cornwood Close in Belle Vale, Liverpool, where Carl Russell was fatally shot by a cyclist
Police officers in Cornwood Close in Belle Vale, Liverpool, where Carl Russell was fatally shot by a cyclist

In a statement issued following his death, his family said: “Carl was an amazing son, brother, uncle, nephew and boyfriend who idolised his true love Lakyn.

“Carl was a mummy’s boy who loved his pops. He would do anything for anyone and had a heart of gold.

“His family and Lakyn were his world. Carl was no angel – he was our lovable rogue.

“At this difficult time we would appreciate the time to grieve and comprehend the loss of Carl in this cold-blooded murder.”

A 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, both from Belle Vale, arrested in connection with the murder have been released pending further inquiries.

Police previously said the gunman was believed to have been dressed in black with a high-vis orange jacket, and made off on a pedal bike in the direction of Madeira Drive.