Appeal For Information - 10th Anniversary Of Murder Of Andrew Jones

Mums all over the region will be looking forward to Mothering Sunday this Sunday, 10 March 2013, but spare a thought this weekend for Christine Jones who, with her husband, Andy, will be taking part in a vigil to remember her son, Andrew, who died ten years ago after being assaulted in Liverpool city centre.

Family and friends of Andrew will be attending the vigil, which will start at 1.15pm in St Johns Gardens at the rear of St Georges Hall and they will then walk at 1.50pm to the junction of Hanover Street and Seel Street for the laying of flowers in Andrew's memory.

Andrew, who was just 18 years at the time, was enjoying a night out with friends in Liverpool city centre when he was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, 9 March 2003, and he died the following day as a result of his injuries.

Police officers found Andrew lying in Hanover Street, at its junction with Gradwell Street, just before 3.30am. He had suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

A £10,000 reward is being offered by Merseyside Police for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person, or persons, responsible for Andrew 's death and detectives will be appealing to football fans at Goodison this weekend in the hope that someone in the crowd may have information that could help them with their inquiries.

Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill of Merseyside Police said: "The sense of loss to Andrew 's family has not gone away. His family has been through a harrowing experience, both in terms of losing their son and then left feeling that justice hasn't been done.

"Someone knows what happened that night and knows who is responsible. Now is the time to search your conscience, to realise the pain that Andrew 's family still feel to this day and to do the right thing. By coming forward now, you can help bring this investigation to its proper conclusion and help this family find some peace.

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He added: "In March 2007 Merseyside Police put together an agreement with the region's six major sports stadia to use their premises for appeals about serious and organised crime.

"On Saturday, a near-capacity crowd is expected to turn up at the Everton match against Wigan and we will be using this opportunity to appeal for people to come forward with information, which could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the death of Andrew.

"We will be making appeals before the match, posters will be distributed around the ground and we will be using the electronic advertising boards round the pitch to appeal for witnesses and information, and we hope that someone in the the crowd may have some information, which could help us with our inquiry.

"As well as the appeal at the ground we will also be using the Big Screens in Liverpool City Centre (Clayton Square and Lime Street) to appeal to people who may have information that could help us bring the offenders to justice. We have also joined forces with Merseytravel, who are assisting in putting appeal posters up at bus stops throughout the city, some buses will also be displaying the posters. All of this activity will be supplemented by appeals in media and will include an appeal on the BBC Crimewatch website -  please click here

"The force will be using digital media (including its website and Twitter) to appeal to those who may be to help the inquiry"

He continued: "We are determined to find those responsible for Andrew's death and will leave no stone unturned in our bid to get justice for his family."

Andrew 's parents have vehemently campaigned for justice for their son in the hope that someone will come forward with information.

In advance of the vigil on Sunday, Andrew 's mum Christine, said: "I want to appeal to the girls who were with those who attacked Andrew on that night. Ten years on they must still be heavy with that guilt.

"I would say to them if you close your eyes and imagine it's your son where Andrew is; imagine the pain and torment you're going through and your son is looking down, watching the pain and torment you are going through.

"Surely you would want someone to come forward and give information so justice could be done and your son could finally rest in peace once and for all, and put closure on your own life.

"The girls who were there that night may have children themselves now and may be able to try and understand what I am going through. It's Mother's Day on Sunday and I would like to be able to go out for a meal with Andrew and the rest of my family like everyone else, but instead I will be campaigning for justice for him."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives from the Major Incident Team on 0151 777 8660, or the independent Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

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