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Murder Appeal airs on BBC Crimewatch

The BBC1 programme Crimewatch Roadshow Live has aired a dramatic reconstruction of Adam Ellison’s murder along with an appeal for witnesses this week.

Adam Ellison was just 29 when he was stabbed while walking home after a night out in Prescot, in the early hours of Saturday 8 November 2017.

He and his cousins left the Deanes House on Church Street at approximately 12.40am. As they were turning onto Market Place, a green and white Kawasaki KX85 Big Wheel scrambler bike sped past, narrowly avoiding hitting them.

Adam confronted the rider about 50 yards further down the street. The pillion passenger appeared to hit him, knocking him to the ground, before speeding off with the rider, but Adam’s cousins soon discovered he had been stabbed in the neck.

He died in hospital later that morning.

Merseyside Police remain keen to speak to potential witnesses, especially anyone who was in the Old Mill pub on nearby Mill Street that night.

The scrambler bike passenger was seen shortly before the incident looking into the pub windows, perhaps searching for someone.

In particular, the Crimewatch appeal revealed CCTV images of a woman (pictured right) police are eager to trace, as she may have seen something vital to helping solve the murder. She is not a suspect.

CCTV images from inside the pub, released by Merseyside Police, show the possible witness inside the Old Mill in Prescot town centre.

Adam had been in the pub on the night of his death, while his scrambler bike-riding attacker was later seen looking through the premises’ windows after splitting from a convoy that had been in the area.

Detective Chief Inspector John Middleton said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the Old Mill public house on that night and may have seen Adam, who had been in the pub, or those motorcycles that were circulating in the area.

“But specifically there was a young woman inside the pub who is seen on CCTV. We would very much like to speak to her.”

As well as identifying the new potential witness, DCI Middleton added that the pair riding on the scrambler bike that almost collided with Adam had been part of a five-vehicle convoy that included stolen vehicles.

Police believe there is a possibility they were in the area looking for someone - though that person is not thought to have been Adam or any of his friendship group.

DCI Middleton said: “There were five motorcycles in the area of Prescot that night, riding around the Old Mill public house.

“There were three road motorcycles, two of which we knew were stolen, and two off-road motorcycles

“We don’t know why the motorcycles were in the area that night, they may have been just looking to engage in anti-social behaviour but they could have been looking for someone.

If you have any information that could help in the investigation into the violent murder of Adam Ellison, call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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