We are today, Monday 28 March, renewing an appeal to find the killer of a man who was fatally stabbed during a night out in Prescot in November 2017.
Adam Ellison, 29, was assaulted in Market Place in the early hours of 4 November after becoming involved in an altercation with two males onboard a scrambler bike.
During the incident Adam was stabbed in the neck with an unknown weapon causing him to fall to the ground. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after 2am.
Numerous lines of enquiry have been carried out as part of an ongoing investigation and arrests have been made but, to date, nobody has been charged.
Adam’s murder and his family’s fight for justice form part of a BBC documentary which will be screened on BBC 1 at 8.30pm tonight.
Detective Chief Inspector Cath Cummings, who is the senior investigating officer on the case, said: "At the end of this year it will be five years since Adam’s death. I know that it has been five difficult years for his family and friends who have tried to come to terms with the sudden, unexpected and shocking loss of a loved one.
"Their agony has been compounded by the fact that, despite an ongoing investigation and a number of lines of enquiry being explored, his killer is still free to walk the streets.
"We regularly meet with Adam’s family and we are equally frustrated that this person is still at large and I know that the majority of law abiding people will be outraged that they are still free to go about their daily business.
"We know the answer lies in our communities but keeping quiet when you know something is misplaced loyalty that Adam’s killer does not deserve to have. I would appeal to anyone who has got the vital piece of information to search their consciences and come forward. If they don’t want to speak to the police then please speak anonymously to Crimestoppers and pass on what you know.
"Charging someone with Adam’s murder and seeing them go to prison does not bring Adam back but it will mean that this family, who have fought so hard for answers, will finally get the justice they deserve.
"I am sure anyone who has ever met Adam’s family, or who watches the programme this evening, won’t fail to be moved by what they have been through. Time is never a barrier to justice. Please come forward, tell us what you know and help us to help them."
Information can be supplied directly to the investigating team by going to www.mipp.police.ukand clicking on the Merseyside Police badge.
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation can DM @MerPolCC or call 101. @CrimestoppersUK can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
* 'True Crime: Our Adam' will be on BBC 1 at 8.30pm tonight, Monday 28 March.