Probe into murder of South Shields doorman Kevin Nightingale draws a blank

GUNNED DOWN ... Kevin Nightingale.
GUNNED DOWN ... Kevin Nightingale.

THE family of a nightclub doorman who was gunned down on the doorstep of his home 18 years ago still live in hope that his killer will one day be brought to justice.

Kevin Nightingale was murdered in cold blood on February 17, 1996, and the person who fired the fatal shots has never been caught.

On the anniversary of the 33-year-old’s death, police were joined by his family in renewing their appeal to find his killer.

A £5,000 Crimestoppers’ reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer was also offered.

But despite the reward, the case is still no closer to being solved. However, the family believe that because of advances in technology, a forensic review of the evidence may offer a glimmer of hope that the person who robbed two young children of their father will finally be caught.

Mr Nightingale, described by his family as “happy-go-lucky”, was gunned down as he unlocked the front door of his home in the early hours of February 17.

The 33-year-old was discovered lying in a pool of blood by his wife and 11-year-old daughter, Michelle.

The boxer, who worked as a doorman at the former Oz nightclub in Crossgate, South Shields, is said to have died in the arms of his wife.

Many believe that Mr Nightingale was targeted because he was trying to prevent drugs being taken into the club.

His widow, Julie Nightingale, said: “I’ve been told by the police that they will be looking at bringing out all the evidence and having it forensically reviewed to see, with advances in technology, if they can find something which will help them find Kevin’s killer.

“They keep in touch with me a lot about what they are doing. They are also looking into all the past records and statements taken from people at the time, and over the years.

“Someone, somewhere knows something. Things can’t go on the way they have been – it can only be a matter of time before someone is caught for Kevin’s murder.”

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Inquiries into the killing of Kevin Nightingale are continuing and we would ask for anyone with information to contact us.”

Police can be contacted in confidence on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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