Police receive anonymous call connected to murder investigation

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THE detective leading the Kevin Lavelle murder investigation has urged an anonymous caller to phone back with information.

Eight years ago Mr Lavelle, 29, of Bootle in Merseyside, died following an attack in The Cricketers pub in Grimsbury in June 2004.

At the time of the attack people from the Pontypridd area of Wales were drinking in the pub and on December 21 police officers visited Wales to appeal for information which they believe could be vital to solving the murder investigation.

Following the visit Detective Inspector Steve Duffy from Banbury Police Station received an anonymous voicemail on his mobile phone on Saturday.

Det Insp Duffy said: “I received a phone call on Saturday morning from a man with a heavy Welsh accent who said he had information about the murder of Kevin Lavelle. The phone call came from the Rhonda area of Wales.

“I would urge this man to call me back as soon as possible as he did not leave any contact details. I would also say to him that if he doesn’t feel comfortable talking to me or if he has any reservations, he could still contact Crimestoppers anonymously and pass on any information.

“It has been eight years since Kevin Lavelle was murdered and his family desperately want and deserve justice. They have been through an agonising ordeal and I firmly believe there are people in both South Wales and Banbury who have information which is vital to our inquiry.

“As I have previously said, those who have information and have not yet come forward must do so now. The guilt will never go away and Mr Lavelle’s family will never find peace until the person or people responsible for his death are brought to justice.”

Thames Valley Police has offered a £20,000 reward on for the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

There is also an enhanced reward of £5,000 from the charity Crimestoppers for anyone who would prefer to give information anonymously.

Anyone with information can contact Det Insp Steve Duffy at Thames Valley Police directly on 07800 703285 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.