Who shot Billy Webb? Daughter's appeal on anniversary of notorious Bolton drug baron's murder
THE teenage daughter of Bolton's most notorious gangland drugs baron is appealing for justice on the anniversary of his murder.
Ashlea Parr was aged just six when her father, Billy Webb, was repeatedly shot and killed in bed at his flat in Wigan on May 25, 2001.
The 42-year-old’s killers let themselves into his flat with a key in what is believed to be a planned execution. The murderers have never been caught.
Miss Parr, from Great Lever, said: “It’s horrible to think that the people who killed my dad are still walking the streets. I could walk past them and never know. I could be in the pub and they could be there beside me.
“If somebody was charged or found guilty of his murder, that would close it all for me.
"I would feel like my life could go back to normal. I think quite a few people know who is involved in his death.
"I think people are too scared to come forward in case they get shot themselves.”
Paul Swann, from Morecambe, and Brian Roper, from Deane, were tried for conspiracy to murder Mr Webb two years after his death, but the jury was directed to find them not guilty on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Neither man was suggested to have pulled the trigger. Mr Webb had previously lived in Freshfield Avenue, Great Lever, but moved to Whiteledge Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, before his death.
A 21-year-old woman, believed to have been in a casual relationship with Mr Webb, was also shot in the arm during the incident.
Mr Webb, also known as William Craig, was due to face a charge of conspiring to supply drugs at Liverpool Crown Court when he died.
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Miss Parr said: “Most of my memories of my dad have been destroyed by what happened to him. I remember my dad always being there for me. I know he still would be now.
“I remember going on holiday with him to Spain — they were happy memories and now I don’t know what to think as I have been told so many different stories. I remember kneeling down by his grave after his funeral.
“I just want it all to end. People have said it was gang and drug related but I couldn’t say.
"Whatever he was doing he did not deserve to be shot. How would the people who did it feel if it was their families?”
She added she wants police to investigate his murder again and said she feels like she has to try to find those responsible.
Mr Webb was said to have been linked to the notorious murder of Dillon Hull, aged five, who was shot in the head in Bankfield Street, Deane in August, 1997 while he was walking with his stepfather, John Bates — the intended target.
But Paul Seddon was jailed for life in 1998 for Dillon’s murder and must serve a minimum of 25 years.
Miss Parr said she will visit her father’s grave in Deane Cemetery tomorrow, the 13th anniversary of his death.
She also visits on his birthday in December. Miss Parr takes photographs, which have been enlarged, and poems to the graveside.
A police spokesman said: “This murder remains unsolved and remains open. We would therefore ask anyone with information to call Greater Manchester Police’s cold case review unit or independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously.”
The police cold case review unit can be called on 0161 8565961 and Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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