Footage of murder getaway car released - Droylsden

Police have released CCTV footage of the getaway car used in the murder of Mark Short at a Droylsden pub.

At 11.50pm on Friday 25 May 2012, police were called to the Cotton Tree Inn on Market Street after a gunman had entered and fired shots.

Officers attended and discovered one man, 23-year-old Mark Short, had been fatally shot.

Two men, aged 25 and 26, suffered gunshot wounds to their leg and a 29-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower back. They were taken to hospital, but have since been discharged.

A Home Office post mortem concluded Mark Short died from a gunshot wound to the neck.

The CCTV footage shows the suspects pulling up outside the Cotton tree pub, one man getting out of the car and going into the pub.

It shows the same man walking out of the pub about 15 seconds later getting into the car and speeding off down Market Street, towards Audenshaw.

The car is a blue Ford Focus and it may have been in the Droylsden area for some time prior to the shooting.

On Tuesday 12 June 2012, three men, aged 29, 37 and 27 were arrested on suspicion of murder. They have been bailed until August 2012 pending further inquiries.

Detective Superintendent Dominic Scally, of the Major Incident Team, said:
"We have done a number of witness appeals and want to thank the public for their help.

"We have some clear footage of the suspect getting in and out of the getaway car. Did you see this Ford Focus?

"If you saw the car and have any details about the people in the car, the registration plate or any other information, please contact us.

"I am particularly interested in any sightings of the car in the Droylsden area prior to the shooting.

"After the shooting the car sped off down Market Street and we believe it may have driven past the Lazy Toad Pub.

"I understand that it can be sometimes difficult to speak to police officers, but I want to reassure everyone that they can be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

"Mark was a young man with everything to live for so it is important that people think about what they know and get in touch, no matter how insignificant that information may seem."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9283, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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