South Shields woman’s pain on anniversary of brother’s murder

ANNIVERSARY ...SHIRLEY RICE WITH PICTURE OF BROTHER DAVID 'NODDY' RICE.
ANNIVERSARY ...SHIRLEY RICE WITH PICTURE OF BROTHER DAVID 'NODDY' RICE.

The pain felt by Shirley Rice the day she was told her twin brother had been murdered in cold blood is a day which will be etched on her heart forever.

Today marks 11 years since David “Noddy” Rice, 42, was gunned down as he sat in his car at Marsden Lea Car Park, in South Shields.

DAVID 'NODDY' RICE

DAVID 'NODDY' RICE

The man police believe pulled the trigger - Allan Foster - has never been found.

Despite this, Shirley is refusing to give up hope his killer will be found - dead or alive.

The 53-year-old will today again visit the spot where her brother was killed, as she has done every year since his murder.

Miss Rice, of South Shields, said:“I can’t believe it’s been 11 years. It has flown. But we are still no further forward.

“We have no idea whether Foster is dead or alive. But until he is found I can’t move on.

“I will keep on going to keep Nod’s memory alive and keep on going until they get him.”

Only nine days after the first anniversary of her son’s death, Mr Rice’s mum Lydia died, aged 74, unable to cope with her loss.

Mr Rice. also of South Shields, was shot nine times by two masked men after being lured to a meeting at the car park by Steven Bevens.

In 2007 Bevens was sentenced to life for murder and driver Derek Blackburn, 51, of Humberside, was given four years for assisting an offender.

Foster, now 44, also known as Shaun Michael Wilkinson, is believed to have links to the Canary Islands and Majorca.

Anyone with information about the murder of Mr Rice is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.