Detective's plea to killer of mum-of-two Hayley Pointon - shot dead in Hinckley
A murder hunt detective has made a personal plea to the killer of a mum-of-two to call him.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood made the appeal yesterday to the murderer of Hayley Pointon, who was shot dead in a house in Hinckley two weeks ago.
Asked by the Leicester Mercury what his message would be to the person responsible for the death, he said: "You, the killer, know who are. You know what you have done.
"Call me. We can sort this out. This can end for you."
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The detective is leading the hunt for the killer of 30-year-old Hayley, of Coventry, who died of a single gunshot wound.
Her body was found in a house in Sunnydale Road, at about 11pm on February 3.
Mr Yarwood spoke out as a team of police divers yesterday trawled the canal in Nutts Lane in Hinckley – near to where the fatal shooting happened.
"We are doing all we can to bring those responsible for Hayley's murder to justice and this search is just one of many lines of inquiry," said Mr Yarwood.
"Although it has been two weeks since Hayley's death, the pain and grief felt by her family is still very raw.
"We must not lose sight that at the heart of this investigation is a young mother who should still be here with her two children and we cannot forget that."
He said Hayley's children, a boy and a girl aged three and seven, were being cared for by her family.
"So far, we have spoken to really helpful people. However, I have no doubt in my mind that someone out there knows who did this," said Mr Yarwood.
"Someone knows what happened to Hayley, someone knows why it happened.
"I want to reassure those people that it isn't too late to get in touch and any information you can provide will still be important to this investigation.
"It may be you feel you cannot call police or feel there may be repercussions if you do. I would like to reassure you the information you provide will be treated confidentially and you have the option of calling Crimestoppers anonymously, too."
He said he wanted to speak to anyone who saw a dark-coloured hatchback, or two hooded men, on the night of the murder.
"We are appealing for any information that might help us, even the smallest detail," said Mr Yarwood.
"Following the incident, two men, who both had their hoods up, left the scene in a dark-coloured hatchback that was parked nearby and was seen in Northfield Avenue and Coventry Road soon after. If anyone knows anything about that car or its occupants please call us."
Two men, aged 29 and 36, who were arrested in connection with the incident have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
A 27-year-old man who was arrested at the scene has been released without charge.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.