Mum launches appeal to find who shot her son dead in his bed at Bestwood flat
THE mother of a man who was shot dead in his bed is still searching for justice ten years after his death.
John Shippam, 25, was found dead at his flat in Chiltern Way, Bestwood, on November 7, 2002.
He had moved out of his family home to live there just a few weeks previously.
Notts Police continued to investigate the murder and a £10,000 reward was offered for the conviction of his killer, but the case remains unsolved.
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Today, on the 10th anniversary of Mr Shippam's death, his mother has appealed again to the public for information to help catch his killer.
Josie Shippam, now 53, said: "John was a loving son, who we miss dearly. We know he was involved with some bad people, but even so, who deserves a fate like that?
"The last ten years has been incredibly hard for us, we know there are people out there who are fully aware of who did this to our son, and yet they are still able to live their lives – something that John was never allowed to do.
"If you know something about what happened, please speak to the police."
Mr Shippam's body was discovered by a neighbour.
Detectives believe he was murdered in a feud between rival criminal gangs.
Two days before Mr Shippam was shot he was assaulted at a fireworks display at the Anchor pub, in Gunthorpe.
Police say it is highly likely this is linked with his death.
As she made the appeal Mrs Shippam also released a new photo of herself with her son.
"The photo issued today was the last time I hugged John," she said.
"We don't want to have to go another ten years of not knowing, so if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please help us."
DCI Rob Griffin is leading the murder investigation.
He said the police know from enquiries that Mr Shippam associated with a number of people who had criminal connections, especially in the Bestwood area where he grew up.
Detectives also know that he was killed some time between 3.30am and 10.30am on the morning of November 7.
DCI Griffin said: "For John's parents, siblings and friends, it has been a long ten years living without him.
"We want to use this anniversary as an opportunity to appeal to anyone who may have information about what happened to him or to find the person or people responsible.
"Time can change people's mindset, their allegiances may have changed and issues that might have caused concern back in 2002 may no longer be an influence.
"Think about how you would feel if it was your son, brother, or nephew. You would want to see justice and whoever had done this behind bars, help us to get that for John's family."
Anyone with any information about the killing should contact the incident room at St Ann's on 0115 844 5017.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.