THE top police officer leading the hunt for the killer of convicted rapist Alan Lee Street has made a video appeal.
Detective Superintendent Neil Hunter is appealing directly to the public for vital information that may help catch the culprits of this crime.
Alan Lee Street, 26, of Lime Avenue, Oswaldtwistle is believed to have been the victim of a vicious and prolonged attack in a house in Stockbridge Road, Padiham in the early hours of Sunday 21 December.
Despite extensive searches his body is yet to be recovered.
Following numerous appeals for information on the wherabouts of brothers-in-law Alan Palmer, 43, owner of the house in Padiham and Peter Leonard, 51, the car they were believed to be travelling in, a Mitsubishi Colt was found in Annie Street, Accrington, nine days after the grim discovery of bloodstained clothes in a blood-soaked room.
Detective Superintendent Hunter, said: "I would appeal for anyone, particularly ramblers or dog walkers, who may have seen the Mitsubishi, or a number of men acting suspiciously, on open land between Oswaldtwistle and Knuzden to get in touch.
“We are also concentrating our efforts on the Rivington area, if anyone saw the vehicle whilst out walking, especially on Sunday 21 December 2008, I would be extremely interested in speaking with them."
Alan Palmer is described as white, 5’11” tall, of medium build, with a receding skinhead of dark brown hair. He has brown eyes and several tattoos on his left arm of a snake head, bull, eagle and swallow. On his right arm he has a snake and skull, and two flower designs with “MAM” and “LUCKY” with a swallow.
Peter Leonard is described as white, around 5’8” tall, of medium build with blue eyes and light brown hair which is cropped very short. He has a two inch scar on his nose and “LOVE” tattooed on the knuckles of his left hand, with “HEIDI” on the back of his left hand.
Anyone with infromation is asked to contact police on 01282 425001 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information on the police search see Friday's Observer.