Halton McCollin – Fresh appeal on 10-year anniversary

On Saturday 19 January 2008, Halton was shot in the back of the head. The shooting occurred in the China Garden takeaway on Chester Road in Trafford just before 9pm.

He was taken to hospital but sadly died three days later. It was the same day he and his older sister were due to fly to Barbados to visit their grandmother.

Halton had been with friends when he was shot in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

The gunman fired three shots into the takeaway. This led Halton and his friends, as well as the couple who owned the restaurant, to run for cover.

As Halton ran away however, one of the bullets hit him in the back of his head causing fatal injuries.

The murder weapon, a silver revolver, was later found when officers searched a house on Parrs Wood Road in May 2008. It was found in an unconnected investigation.

Further analysis of the gun found it had been used in shootings between 2004 and 2007, before taking Halton’s life.

The killer has never been caught and 10 years on, officers investigating the case are appealing for anybody with information. They are asking people to do the right thing and come forward.

A £50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman remains available to anybody who comes forward.

Martin Bottomley, Head of GMP’s Cold Case Unit said: “Halton was just 20 years old when he was killed. He had his whole future ahead of him, but his life was tragically taken away from him in the cruellest of circumstances.

“For Halton’s family and friends, life will never be the same again.

“Halton would have turned 30 at the end of last year and may have married or had children.

“Meanwhile, Halton’s killer has been able to continue with his life and today I am appealing to anybody who knows anything to do the right thing and call us.”

TNT News


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