Local News & Archive — January 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm — Updated: January 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Search of Rhyl bar in Liam Hill murder hunt



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Forensic experts have carried out a search of a Rhyl pub in their hunt for the killer of Liam Hill.

The 44 year-old last visited Bar Bow on Water Street on the evening of Wednesday 6th January. Two days later, he was found dead at a flat on West Parade.

The search comes as the officer leading Operation Panatella revealed that Mr Hill’s behaviour in the days leading up to his death may have been misinterpreted by people who thought he was drunk.

Detectives are still trying to establish the last known movements of Mr Hill, an unemployed man who moved to Rhyl from Upton near Birkenhead. Their murder inquiry was launched last week and a poster campaign to seek out witnesses was launched on Monday.

The Bar Bow pub was closed on Friday afternoon as crime scene investigators and forensic teams searched the premises – no one was arrested. Police activity has also been centred around Mr Hill’s nearby flat, where house-to-house inquiries have been held.

In his latest appeal for information, DCI Andrew Williams said: ”I’m sure a number of people knew Liam and his habits. It’s no secret Liam enjoyed a drink and someone may have misinterpreted his behaviour or body language on the days before his death as the result of ‘one too many’ but there could have been other reasons.”

It’s understood Mr Hill also picked up a takeaway from Asha’s Indian restaurant on Wellington Road on Thursday 7th January. DCI Williams added: ”Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant someone may think it is, may be that vital piece that helps us complete a full picture of what happened…even if you didn’t know Mr Hill you may recognise him and may have seen him during the relevant times.”

Anyone with information should contact the St Asaph incident room on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote Operation Panatella. Alternatively, contact the police control room via the live web chat.


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