THE MOTHER of a man blasted to death in a shotgun attack at his home three years ago is renewing an appeal to help track down his killers.

Danny Regan, 25, was murdered on Station Road, Haydock on Sunday, December 15, 2002. His mother Pat, who has since campaigned to rid the streets of gun violence believes Danny's lifestyle contributed to his killing. On the third anniversary of his murder, she is launching a fresh appeal to track down his killer.

Police believe the murderer armed with either a semi-automatic or pump action shotgun entered Danny's home through the conservatory. The first shot fired missed blasting a hole in a conservatory window, but another shot exploded into Danny's chest.

A father of two, Danny was originally from Leeds and lived in Haydock for around 12 months before he died.

Pat Regan, who earlier this year set up Mothers Against Violence said: "It's still so hard to face the idea that my son is never coming home and all of our family miss him terribly.

"I know it's too late to save my son and persuade him to give up the lifestyle, which I feel led to his death. But it's not too late to save others and if the work I do can make another young man think twice, or help another family to turn their children away from gun crime, then perhaps Danny's life won't have been lost in vain.

"I would urge anyone who knows anything that could help the investigation to come forward. Please think of our family - of Danny's children - and help us begin to find some sort of peace with his death."

Det Supt Julieanne Wallace-Jones, in charge of the murder enquiry said: "The years have passed but our commitment to tracing those who murdered Danny remain undiminished and I would appeal to anyone who might not have already come forward with information to contact us. This was a cold blooded murder, which left a family devastated and children without a father."

Detectives in Merseyside are still following up a number of inquiries. They are still trying to find the gun used in the murder and would like to speak to anyone who has information about the weapon. Police have also issued a fresh appeal for information about a silver or grey Rover car, registration number J609 MBU, which was stolen from Manchester on the Thursday Danny was killed and was later found burned out on Station Road.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.