Police have renewed their efforts to catch a murderer who stabbed a dad-of-one in his garden 11 years ago.

Colin Hughes was killed at the rear of his home after he went to investigate a noise in the early hours of the morning.

The 42-year-old was knifed to his chest and was found by his partner Paula who cradled him in her arms as he lay bleeding until the ambulance arrived.

Although ten people were arrested and questioned in connection with the murder, nobody has been charged and the killer remains at large.

In recent years, detectives reviewing the case have concentrated on two appeal points - a white man, 5ft 10 in tall, of slim build, wearing a dark coloured tracksuit, who was seen in the alleyway behind Mr Hughes’ home just prior to his death.

Hughes' Fiancee Paula Greenwood says she will always love him
Hughes' Fiancee Paula Greenwood says she will always love him

It is unclear if this is the man the much-loved chef heard making a noise and went to investigate, or someone separate.

Also, the previous evening, Mr Hughes, from Baden Road, Old Swan, spoke to the occupants of a dark coloured hatchback outside his home.

Police are keen to speak to all these people to help with their enquiries, according to Liverpool Echo.

Colin, known to friends as “Yosser” – after the character in Boys from the Black Stuff - was a hard-working family man who “loved his children”.

He was well known in Old Swan, where he lived, grew up and worked as a chef.

In previous years, his girlfriend and fiancee Paula Greenwood said: “I still love him and I will never, ever forget him.

“He was a kind, gentle man, who loved his children - his daughter Ellie and stepson James.

“My daughter and son thought of him as a dad too.

“He was always on the go, the type to get up out of bed, have breakfast and be out the door.

“In all the years we were together there was never any hassle, he was just a lovely man.”

Merseyside Police have taken their appeal in the past to the the Crimewatch Roadshow programme, hoping for fresh impetus for the case.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker said: “It’s nearly 11 years since Colin Hughes was murdered at his home address in Old Swan and we remain determined to find those responsible and allow his family to finally have some closure.

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“We know that loyalties change over time and I would hope that anyone with information can find the courage to come forward to tell us what they know.

"We understand that people are sometimes reluctant to come forward in the aftermath of such a serious crime as this.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal once again to the community for their help with the investigation and would urge anyone with information to come forward either directly to the force or anonymously through Crimestoppers in the strictest of confidence.

“No matter how small the piece of information is, it may prove vital to the investigation.

“We are committed to finding those responsible for the death of Mr Hughes and bringing them to justice for this crime, which has deeply affected so many lives.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 8449, @MerPolCC, 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or report online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously with crime reference 19100038615.