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Appeal update over two Coventry murders

Detectives investigating two murders in Coventry have released an image of a man believed to have been involved in the fatal shooting of one of the victims.

The new image was released on the one year anniversary of the murder of Daniel Shaw, 28, who was found dead with gunshot injuries to his chest at around 11.15pm on 25 March in Copland Place in the Tile Hill area of the city.

Officers investigating his death are linking it to the disappearance of 33-year-old Johnny Robbins.

Johnny went missing on 21 March last year and is believed to have been murdered after being kidnapped and tortured. To date, his body has not been found.

Today, police have revealed for the first time a number of new lines of enquiry.

Ten people have been arrested for a range of offences and have been released while investigations continue.

Officers continue to appeal for sightings of Ryan Hobday, aged 29 from Coventry, who is wanted in connection with the murders. However, there is evidence to believe that he may also have been murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mallett, who is leading the investigation, said: “A year has passed since these murders, but our determination to get justice for the families of Daniel and Johnny is as strong as ever.

“We continue to build up a picture of the events surrounding the deaths, but are still relying on the public’s help to complete that picture.

“We now need to identify the man in the motorcycle helmet who was seen on CCTV outside Daniel’s address immediately before the shooting.

“We need to speak to him and establish his role in the events.

“We also need to hear from two girls or women who were in the Torrington Avenue area at the time of the shooting. One of them was heard to shout ‘run’.

“While we do not know precisely how or when Johnny Robbins was killed. We do believe that he was taken to Daniel Shaw’s home in Torrington Avenue at some point."

 

Police also want to know more about this BMW
Another location of great interest is Crackley Lane, Warwickshire. Did you see any suspicious activity there on either Thursday 22 March or Friday 23 March? Did you see anyone with this white 1 series BMW that was found burnt out by the entrance to Crackley Woods on Thursday 22 March or do you know anything about that vehicle, who was using it or how it came to be there?
Possibly linked to the BMW, is Johnny’s dog which was found by members of the public in Crackley Lane on Friday 23 March. We want to know how the dog got there.
Possibly linked to the BMW, is Johnny’s dog which was found by members of the public in Crackley Lane on Friday 23 March. We want to know how the dog got there.

 

DCI Mallet continued: "I’d urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, whether that be in relation to people or vehicles in the vicinity of 368 Torrington Avenue between Wednesday 21 March and Sunday 25 March who hasn’t already spoken to us, to get in touch.

“I’m also really keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious or unusual activity in the Howlette Road and Frisby Road areas of Tile Hill on the evening of Sunday 25 March specifically between the hours of about 7pm and midnight."

On this anniversary, the families of Daniel and Johnny spoke of their anguish over the last 12 months. Daniel’s family said: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Dan was murdered. Dan was so kind and gentle to everyone, anyone who had the honour of meeting him would know and remember this. He is missed so much by his family and friends."

Johnny’s family added: “This year has been nothing more than traumatic, harrowing and devastating, oceans of tears have been cried and hearts broken never to be fixed again.

“We are unable to sleep at night through images that flood our minds of horrific things we believe may have been inflicted upon him. We are unable to sleep at night because we know he is out there somewhere alone and we are unable to lay him to rest."

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team via 101; call  0121 428 6127 or email opalydar@west-midlands.police.uk. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You will not be asked for your name and calls cannot be traced.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrests and conviction of the people responsible for both the murder of Daniel Shaw and Johnny Robbins. 

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