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Record £200k reward offered in search for Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killer

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A record reward of £200,000 has been offered for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

The nine-year-old was killed in a fatal shooting on August 22 when a man ran into the child's home in Dovecot, Liverpool while fleeing from a gunman who then opened fire, hitting Olivia's mum and the child herself.

The huge reward was made possible by Crimestoppers founder Lord Ashcroft matching the sum offered by a new private donor, as a renewed appeal is launched for anonymous information.

Last week, the founder of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft, offered £50,000 which he has now doubled to match a £100,000 donation from a mystery donor.

This is the biggest single reward offer in the history of charity Crimestoppers.

Lord Ashcroft, founder and Chair of charity Crimestoppers, said: “This case has been incredibly shocking, not just for those who are directly affected, but also 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 catch Olivia’s killer. A precious young life has been lost so we need every effort to find those involved in this appalling killing.”

Mark Hallas, Chief Executive at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “If you know who killed Olivia, please search your conscience and ask yourself, if Olivia was your daughter, relative or friend, what would you want to happen?

"I think you know the answer would be to see justice – justice for Olivia, her family and all those who are heartbroken after this tragedy.

“If you’re too scared to speak to the police, please remember that our charity, Crimestoppers, is here to help you do the right thing."

So far, nine arrests have been made in connection with the murder, including most recently a 37-year-old man who was taken into custody during a police raid in West Derby.

But no significant breakthrough has been made yet.

Last week, the devastated mother of Olivia gave a touching eulogy as crowds gathered to say "goodnight" to her daughter.

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Cheryl Korbel was spotted arriving at the church carrying a teddy for her late daughter, while others wore pink in her memory.

"Liv touched so many people’s hearts and she was loved and adored by everyone. She will never be forgotten," her mum said, with a cast over the hand she was shot on whilst trying to protect her daughter the night she was killed.

"Olivia was very chatty and bubbly and would talk for England, to the point we thought she had Duracell batteries inside her somewhere," Cheryl added in a touching anecdote.

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