DETECTIVES investigating the murder of an HMP Thorn Cross inmate have issued an image of a man who they wish to speak to in connection with the killing. 

Carl Russell, 27, was gunned down in Belle Vale, Liverpool, as he and his partner got out of a car on October 7.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about the targeted shooting in Cornwood Close shortly before 11.30am.

Mr Russell, who survived a previous attempt on his life in 2010, had been serving a sentence at the category D open jail in Appleton Thorn.

Detective chief inspector Mark Baker said: “We need to speak to the individual pictured as we believe that he may have vital information to help our enquiries.

“Likewise, if you recognise the jacket he is wearing or the bike he is riding, have seen these in recent days, or heard any discussion locally about these items, please let us know.

“The jacket is a hi-vis orange jacket which was dark blue at the bottom with a reflective band.

“We are also continuing to appeal to anyone with information to come forward and help us identify who was responsible for this shocking murder and put them before the courts.

“You may have information which you think is minor, or insignificant, and don’t think it is worth letting us know.

"Let us make that decision, because what you know may be the key to solving this crime, removing dangerous people and weapons from the streets, and getting justice for Carl’s family.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to direct message the Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 420 of 7/10/18 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555111.