DETECTIVES investigating Adam Ellison's murder believe there are people who were in a Prescot pub on the night he was stabbed who know the scrambler bike gang responsible.

Adam Ellison, from Prescot, was on a rare night out on Saturday, November 4 2017, with his friends and cousins.

After leaving a pub in Prescot town centre they became involved in an argument with youths on a large motorbike.

Former St Helens College student Adam was stabbed in the neck by an unknown weapon. He died from his injuries.

Speaking to the Star on the second anniversary of Adam's death, senior detectives said they believe there are people who were drinking in the nearby Old Mill pub, where the scrambler riders had congregated earlier in the night, who know the people responsible.

Investigators believe these witnesses are scared – and they urged them to find the courage to come forward.

READ: Devastated family of Adam Ellison bravely recall the night he was murdered

Detective Chief Inspector John Middleton said: “Today marks two years since Adam was killed.

St Helens Star:

“This was a senseless assault which brutally cut short the life of an innocent young man who had everything to look forward to.

"His family have been left devastated by their loss and they still have no answers to why this horrific incident took place.

“But I want those responsible to be under no illusion. We have not given up. They will always be looking over their shoulder because we will not stop until we catch them and bring them to justice.

“People like this do not deserve to walk the streets of Merseyside and I would appeal to the right-minded people in our communities to help us to put them behind bars where they belong.

"We are reasonably confident that it was a knife that was used in the murder, and there are witnesses earlier on in the evening who may have seen an offender with a knife.

"I suspect it’s been disposed of long ago, but if anyone knows its whereabouts then please get in touch as it could make a big difference forensically.

“We know that over time people’s loyalties change.

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"I need to hear from anyone who can help us identify the people on the motorbike that night, anyone who was in Prescot town centre that night who hasn’t already come forward or anyone who has any information which could help our investigation.

"The Prescot community have been fantastic and lots of information has been fed to police.

"What I would like to say is I think there were people in the Old Mill pub that night who know who were on those bikes but they are scared of coming forward.

"We need someone to come forward and put pen to paper and go to court that that’s a big thing to ask, you’d have to be brave to do that, but given how devastated the family are I’d like to think that someone would find the courage to come forward and say who was on those bikes that night.

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The bike used on the night of the murder has never been recovered

“If you know anything at all that could help us please do the right thing and come forward. You can DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via”

Police tracked down other bikes used on the night but the white and green Kawasaki motorbike, used in the murder, has not yet been found, anyone with information on that is urged to get in touch.