A dramatic reconstruction of the moment a man was shot dead at point blank range by a man he had been talking to in a busy Ordsall pub will be screened tonight as police continue the hunt for his killer.
Lee Erdman was calmly shot twice at the bar of the Wellington pub on Regent Road on September 10 2011 by another customer he had been talking amicably to and police believe witnesses will know his identity.
They are making a direct appeal to the public on BBC 1’s Crimewatch at 9pm tonight featuring a reconstruction of the surrounding moments which led to the ‘cold-blooded’ murder of the 37-year-old.
A reward of £50,000 is also being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, who is leading the investigation, said: “The facts of this shocking murder are well known within the community and remain as stark now as they did at the time.
“In front of other customers and in complete cold-blood he was shot by the man he had previously been talking to.
“Since that moment our inquiries have led us to one conclusion – witnesses there that night and others within the wider community know who did this.”
CCTV was captured of Lee from the Hyde Park pub, Salford, several hours before the incident but the hard drive which would have contained CCTV footage of the murder had been stolen.
Detective Supt Chadwick added: “The dreadful murder of Anuj Bidve shocked Ordsall residents, but the community demonstrated they were determined that they would not be defined by it.
“They came together and helped us put away the man responsible. Without the community we might not have been able to do this.
“The community have also been integral in helping GMP and its partners secure a number of recent gang injunctions against members of organised crime groups.
“We know the answers to Lee’s murder lie within Ordsall but we also know that people who live here are proud of where they live. I also firmly believe that they want to put this incident behind them and they know a conviction for the killer of Lee Erdmann would help residents move on.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 8561722 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Picture courtesy of BBC, with thanks.