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A £200,000 reward is being offered to help find Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killer

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THE CEO of Crimestoppers has issued an appeal for anyone with information about the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel to come forward.

A £200,000 reward is being offered to help find the nine-year-old girl’s killer.

But there are fears in Liverpool, where the murder happened, that many are staying silent amid fear of reprisals from those responsible or linked to the crime.

Seeking to offer reassurance, Mark Hallas,  Crimestoppers CEO, told GB News large rewards “don’t always work” but that in this case it could be vital.

He said: “Sometimes rewards do work, and sometimes they don’t. In this case, I think it’s such a heinous crime that’s really sort of touched the heart of the nation, that we need to leave no stone unturned to make sure that we can do whatever we can to get that individual and a number of individuals to call us who might have information regarding that tragic incident.”

Mr Hallas also stressed that anyone without information would remain anonymous and be protected.

“Anonymity is absolutely at the heart of who we are and what we do,” he stressed.

“If people fill out an online form, which people increasingly do, then even the IP address is stripped out in the ether before it gets to us. So when we pass that information on to the police as a result of that information, you’re totally separate. We’re an independent charity and I think that’s really important to understand, we’re not bound to the police in any way, shape, or form. We’re here for our beneficiaries. We’re here for the public. We’re here for the disenfranchised. The voiceless, and that’s who we’re focusing on.”

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9, was shot and killed when a gunman forced his way into her family’s home in Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot at 10pm on Monday August 22.