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Issue:- 31 July 2014

20th Anniversary of the Death of Leslie Woodard

THE sister of a teenage boy, killed on a night out 20 years ago this week in Bootle, is urging anyone who has information to come forward and end the family's pain and distress. Leslie Woodward was 17 years old when he left the family home in Bootle on Saturday, 30 July 1994, to spend a night out in Liverpool City Centre. During the early hours of Sunday morning, Leslie caught a taxi with some friends to a party that was being held in a flat above some shops, situated at the junction of Hawthorne Road and Bedford Road, Bootle. While at the party, Leslie got involved in a dispute, which led him to being attacked and stabbed. He was taken to the Fazackerley hospital by Ambulance, where, despite emergency treatment, he died of his injuries.

His heartbroken sister, Louise Woodward, was just 10 years old at the time said:- "My 17 year old brother Les was murdered on 31 July 1994. Sadly no one has ever been convicted of his murder. Les left a huge void in the lives of all who knew him especially our family. Never a day goes by that we don't think about him, and how things might have been if he had not been taken from us. Les was a kind, fun loving teenager who was my best friend. We spent lots of time together as he took me to and from school daily and as well as being my big brother he was also my hero! It is coming up to the 20th anniversary of his death and I would like to appeal to anyone out there who has any information to please come forward and end this awful pain that we as a family are suffering. Maybe someone who was there on that awful night 20 years ago now has a son of a similar age to Les when he was killed. How would you feel if it was your son who was murdered and no one came forward to help? Please, please, if you can help the police with new information I urge you to come forward and end our family's pain and distress."

While at the party, Leslie got involved in a dispute, which led him to being attacked and stabbed. He was taken to the Fazackerley hospital by ambulance, where, despite emergency treatment, he died of his injuries.  Kevin Clague, a senior investigator in the force's cold case review team, said:- "Leslie's life was taken away from him in violent circumstances 20 years ago and his family are still suffering the pain of that loss. Who would have thought that a young man of just 17 would go to a party and never come back? The family are devastated and now, on the 20th anniversary of Leslie's murder, we are appealing for anybody who knows what happened to do the right thing and come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3100, or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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