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Police renew appeal six months after Chasetown man’s murder

Detectives are issuing a fresh appeal for information six months after a Chasetown man was murdered.

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin, 27, died after he was shot in bed in his Meadway Street home at around 8.30am on July 5.

It is believed the offenders may be from the Wolverhampton, Tipton or Coseley areas. A £20,000 reward has been offered for information which leads to their arrest and conviction.

A team of detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major Investigation Department (MID) are continuing to carry out inquiries into the murder from a dedicated incident room.

An appeal about the murder featured on last month’s Crimewatch.

Det Insp Darren Harding, from the inquiry team, said:

“Six months after Richard’s brutal murder we remain more determined than ever to bring his killers to justice. We are continuing a thorough, complex investigation which is moving forward and we have several active avenues of inquiry.

“We had a positive response, including several calls, following Crimewatch and hope the £20,000 reward will encourage even more people to get in touch.

“Richard’s family are starting a new year with a massive hole in their lives, and we’re continuing to offer them our full support as we seek to take his killers off the streets.”

Mr Deakin moved to Chasetown with his fiancee Megan in 2008 where they lived with their daughters, Ellie (4) and Jessica (2). He was alone in the house at the time of his murder.

Anyone with information is urged to ring the incident room on 01785 233600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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