North Wales Police — February 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm — Updated: February 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Rhyl murder – Family Press conference and appeal


At 11 am this morning a Press Conference was held at Police HQ Colwyn Bay in which Liam’s family provided a tribute to his memory with an appeal for information by the new SIO Det Supt Mark Chesters.

In opening the Police Statement Det Supt Mark Chesters (SIO Operation Panatella) said “It’s now exactly four weeks since Liam’s body was discovered in his West Parade flat and Colette and her family’s lives were turned upside down. We have no doubt that Liams injuries were sustained as the result of a deliberate and sustained attack by one or more people. We are still trying to establish where he was attacked and by whom.

Liam was a well-known person locally whose habits didn’t take him much out of the West Parade and surrounding area of west Rhyl. We are certain that someone within this area will have seen something or have some snippet of information that can help us identify who was involved and allow us to bring some degree of justice to his distraught family.

Did you know Liam? Did you see him at any time between Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th January? Did you frequent the Bar Bow Public House in Water Street on the evening of Wednesday 6th and see Liam, have you heard anything since?

Although I am grateful some members of the community have come forward we are a little disappointed about the lack of information from the local community. I am certain the key to this investigation lies within the local community.

I’m very grateful to Colette for having the strength to speak about Liam today and asking for the public’s help. You have seen and heard how distressing this is for her family. Please help bring Colette’s family some degree of justice by aiding our investigation. I’m sure someone in the community can assist.

Please phone Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where all information can be given anonymously.”

Anyone who has any information should contact Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote Operation Panatella. Alternatively, and if you live in the Rhyl area, speak with any of the patrolling officers who will be distributing posters and providing reassurance patrols or contact the control room direct via the new web live chat (

Speaking on behalf of the family a tribute was given to Liam Hill by his sister Colette, who lives in the Wirral.

In an emotional appeal she said “I am speaking on behalf of our family for my mum, my sister, our children and grandchildren.

Liam was a very much loved and important part of our family. He loved nothing more than spending time and having fun with us. He was kind, caring, generous and fun to be around. He loved sport, music and loved a little dance. He was one in a million.

For Liam to be taken away from us at such a young age and in such a cruel way is heart breaking. It is a nightmare that we can’t wake up from, something you read about on the news but think will never happen to you.”

Please phone Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where all information can be given anonymously.”

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