As part of firearms week of action, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is appealing for information.
GMP is urging anyone with information on gun and gang activity to call Crimestoppers anonymously. The week of action aims to raise the awareness of gun crime.
Members of the community are encouraged to come forward with information. These efforts are being supported by the father of Halton McCollin.
Halton, who was 20-years-old, was shot dead in Stretford, on 19 January 2008. He was shot in the back of the head at China Garden takeaway on Chester Road.
Sadly, Halton died three days later on his younger brother’s birthday.
Halton’s killer has never been found. A £50,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.
Nine years later, Halton’s father, Halton McCollin Snr, is supporting GMP’s campaign to get guns off the streets. He says, “I support Greater Manchester Police’s campaign because it could save a life”.
Halton Snr is appealing for information on his son’s murder; anyone with information should come forward. He says that Halton’s family will “never give up trying to find Halton’s killer”.
During the week of action officers will be visiting gun clubs and licensed firearms holders. They will be warned to be vigilant and keep their guns secure. This extra precaution will reduce the chances of them falling into the wrong hands.
Officers will be delivering talks in schools and will be working with youth offending team. They aim to raise awareness of the dangers of guns.
Posters encouraging members of the public to talk to Crimestoppers will be shared in communities and on social media. They will also appear on the big screens on the Mancunian Way.
GMP is directly appealing to the public to “do the right thing” and talk to them about illegal guns.
Those with information on Halton’s murder can contact police anonymously. Those with information on gun crime in general can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or GMP on 101.