Murder in the snow for which nobody has ever faced justice

A killer who shot a man four times and then dumped his body in a back garden in the snow remains on the loose, eight years since the murder.

Nobody has ever been charged over the murder of Karl Bradley on a West Derby street in 2013.

The 31-year-old was the brother of notorious gangster Kirk Bradley, who is serving a life sentence with a minimum of 22 years.

Kirk Bradley dealt in guns and grenades and, together with accomplice Tony Downes, orchestrated a wave of shootings and attacks across Merseyside.

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In one incident, a hand grenade was left outside the Southport home of Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish.

At around 11pm on March 22, Karl Bradley was shot four times on Penshaw Close.

Police said one bullet fired at Mr Bradley had missed and embedded itself in the wall of a nearby house in the quiet cul-de-sac.

Two children were upstairs at the time, and a man downstairs, as the shot hit a window of the "innocent family-of-four".

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But it wasn't until eight hours later, at about 7am, the following morning, that Mr Bradley's body was found in the back garden of a nearby address.

No picture of Mr Bradley or family statement has ever been released to the media.

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This year, police declined to comment on the murder or any ongoing appeal.

At the time of Mr Bradley's murder, Merseyside Police said they believed it was an execution-style attack which was targeted.

The ongoing investigation did lead to the arrest of four people on suspicion of Mr Bradley's murder, however no charges followed.

Police at Penshaw Close, West Derby, where a body was found in a back garden.

They have included a 27-year-old man, of no fixed address, who was arrested in the West Yorkshire area .

And also a woman, 27, from West Derby, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Police have said the murder had the hallmarks of a gangland hit, adding that while Mr Bradley was "known to them".

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Mr Bradley was the brother of notorious criminal Kirk Bradley who, with "blood brother" Tony Downes, ran a criminal network in the city.

Kirk Bradley, from Huyton, had been wanted by police since July 2011 after escaping from a van, with Downes, on the way to Liverpool Crown Court.

They were convicted in their absence and eventually caught in the Netherlands.

Tony Downes (left) and Kirk Bradley

The men were ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years in jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to cause damage with intent to endanger life.

Bradley and Downes were cleared of the murder of 22-year-old Lucy Hargreaves, who was shot dead in 2004 as she slept on the sofa of her home on Lambourne Road, Walton.

Police have not released an appeal statement this year for Karl Bradley's unsolved murder, but have previously stated they believe people in Liverpool know key information about the targeted killing.

Any witnesses in the Penshaw Close area at the time of the shots being fired were asked to come forward and help the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious that could help is asked to contact Merseyside Police gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, our social media desk @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also call 101 quoting log 684 of 26/02/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: