Police list milestones nine-year-old Olivia won't reach as they issue emotional fresh appeal for information

28 August 2022, 11:47 | Updated: 28 August 2022, 23:00

Police are hunting for information on Olivia's killer
Police are hunting for information on Olivia's killer. Picture: Merseyside Police

By Will Taylor

Police have listed the milestones nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel will not reach as they issue a fresh appeal for information about her murder.

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In a video, Merseyside Police said the youngster, who was shot dead in her Liverpool home on Monday, will not reach her 18th birthday, celebrate her wedding or have children of her own.

"We’ve got parents who’ve lost their children," says the voice over, after the video named three recent victims of gun crime in Liverpool – Sam Rimmer, Ashley Dale and little Olivia.

"We’ve got a nine-year-old girl who won’t celebrate her 18th birthday, she won’t celebrate her wedding, she won’t have children of her own.

"If you’ve got information and you’re withholding it, you are protecting the killers.

"We need your information.

"Provide that information to us and we’ll do the rest."

Olivia was shot and killed when a convicted burglar, Joseph Nee, burst into the home to flee a gunman, who opened fire and hit her and injured her mother, Cheryl.

Merseyside Police has made arrests over the nine-year-old's killing but still wants information about the tragedy.

The force previously appealed to Liverpool's "criminal fraternity" amid worries that a "no grass" code of conduct between crooks would hamper the investigation.

Read more: Two men arrested over shooting of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9, released on bail as police warn 'silence is not an option'

The two men arrested over Olivia's death were bailed on Saturday.

A 36-year-old man from Huyton who was recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his licence and a 33-year-old man, from Dovecot, were arrested on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed on Monday
Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed on Monday. Picture: Getty

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the Audi Q3 that they believe took Nee to hospital after the attack, and want information from anyone who saw it in the days prior to the shooting after it left Kingsheath Avenue area on Monday.

The force has warned that "silence is not an option".

It said there is "no hiding place for anyone involved in the murder of little Olivia" and added: "We need names."

Olivia's family urged people to "do the right thing", saying that providing information "is not about being a 'snitch' or a 'grass', it is about finding out who took our baby away from us".

Ashley Dale and Sam Rimmer were also featured in the video.

Ms Dale, 28, a council worker, was shot and killed in Old Swan on August 21.

She is not thought to have been the intended victim.

Mr Rimmer, 22, was shot in Dingle on August 16.

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