Crime stoppers offer highest ever reward for information

Crimestoppers has offered a record £200,000 to hunt for the killer of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

Last week, the charity’s founder and chairman, Lord Ashcroft, paid £50,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the schoolgirl’s death.

On Wednesday, the reward was increased thanks to the £100,000 offer from a private donor who has matched the peer.

Detectives have now identified the two weapons used in the murder of the nine-year-old – a .38 revolver that fired the fatal shot and a Glock self-loading 9mm handgun which has been used in three separate incidents in Merseyside since early 2020.

Olivia was fatally shot in the chest at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on Monday, August 22.

Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured when the gunman chased down convicted burglar Joseph Nee at about 10 p.m.

Merseyside police have arrested nine men as part of their investigation into her death, but they have all since been released on bail.

Lord Ashcroft, who announced Crimestoppers’ largest reward offer, said: “This case has been incredibly shocking, not only for those directly affected, but for Liverpool and the nation as a whole.

“I am delighted that with the support of a private donor, Crimestoppers can now offer a record £200,000 for information to get to Olivia’s killer.

“A precious young life has been lost, so we must do everything we can to find those involved in this horrific murder.”

Crimestoppers is independent of the police and records information about crime completely anonymously.

The charity’s director, Mark Hallas, said: “If you’re too scared to talk to the police, remember that our charity, Crimestoppers, is here to help you do the right thing.

“Tell Crimestoppers what you know while remaining completely anonymous. Please understand: Crimestoppers has kept its promise to protect your identity since we started in the late 1980s

You can contact us via our website or call our UK Contact Center on 0800 555 111. Details on how to claim this reward are available online (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

“When you contact Crimestoppers, we never ask for or store any personal information. All we ask is that you tell us what you know about who killed Olivia so that there can be a slow healing for her mother, her family, the city of Liverpool and everyone.” who has been touched by this truly horrific murder.”