DETECTIVES probing the murder of Kevin Nightingale hope a £5,000 reward and advances in forensic science will help them finally catch the cold-blooded executioner who gunned down the popular doorman.
Eighteen years ago today, the father-of-two was found slumped on the doorstep of his home in Drake Close, South Shields, by his wife Julie and daughter Michelle.
The 33-year-old had been shot dead after returning home from working a shift at the town’s Oz nightclub. It is thought he was targeted because he was trying to prevent drugs getting into the club.
But despite a huge investigation, no-one has ever been convicted for his murder. Now police are hoping a Crimestoppers reward and advances in forensic technology will help them to catch those responsible.
Police say they will be trawling through every piece of evidence taken from the crime scene at the time along with information received over the years in their quest for a conviction.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “Unsolved cases are never closed and are regularly reviewed.
“A forensic review of Mr Nightingale’s murder is ongoing and we’re hoping this renewed appeal may generate new intelligence, information and fresh lines of inquiry, which will of course be acted on and followed up.
“Mr Nightingale was well known in the town, not only through his work as a doorman, but he had also been both an amateur boxer and footballer.
“We know there are people out there who hold answers to the questions which remain around Mr Nightingale’s death.”
She added: “Since the original investigation into this murder, we’ve also had enhancements in technologies and it’s our hope that these, along with new information from the public, could lead to us finding out who is responsible.
“I would urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be, to contact us as it may prove vital to our investigation.
“It’s also important to stress that this can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers meaning there doesn’t have to be direct contact with the police. Those providing information anonymously could still be eligible for a reward.”
People can contact police on 101 ext 6