Appeal for information about car used in Chasetown murder

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin

Police are appealing for information about a car used by the men who shot a Chasetown man dead in his own home.

Richard Deakin, aged 27, died after he was shot at his Meadway Street home at around 8.30am on Monday (July 5).

The offenders used a black Vauxhall Corsa which was found abandoned less than a mile away in Coppy Nook Lane, off Hospital Road, Burntwood.

The Corsa is believed to have had two men inside – a driver and a  front-seat passenger. It is thought to have turned right out of Meadway Street into Queen Street, travelled into Chase Road, turned right at the painted roundabout into Hospital Road before turning left into Coppy Nook Lane.

Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who saw the car between 8.30am and 8.40am along that route. They are particularly keen to trace the driver of a small, white flat-bed lorry which was passed by the Corsa as the lorry tried to pull into Chase Road from Leafenden Avenue.

Chief Inspector Selwyn Burton, of Trent Valley Police, said:

“Several people who saw the Corsa have already come forward. However, we’re keen to confirm the route it took and want to speak to any motorists or pedestrians who may have seen it – including the lorry driver.  Our Major Investigation Department is carrying out a full inquiry and we are doing all that we can to bring those responsible for Mr Deakin’s death to justice.

“Officers will maintain their presence in the area today to address any concerns local residents may have.”

Anyone with information is asked to ring Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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