A £50,000 reward has been offered in the hunt for the killer of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
The donation was made by Lord Ashcroft, the founder and chairman of Crimestoppers, and is being offered through the charity for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the schoolgirl’s death.
Olivia was fatally shot at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool on Monday August 22.
Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured when the gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee onto her property around 10 p.m.
Lord Ashcroft said: “Olivia’s murder has shocked us all which is why I have made this personal offer of up to £50,000 through Crimestoppers to help get justice for Olivia’s family and friends.
“What happened is truly unacceptable and I am telling anyone with information that may help track down the killer to come forward completely anonymously.”
Crimestoppers, which allows people to give information anonymously, said the appeal is aimed at those in the community who were previously too afraid to come forward.
The charity’s operations director, Mick Duthie, said: “We know it can be difficult to talk about someone involved in serious crime, especially when they are close to you.
“Crimestoppers has kept our promise to protect your identity since we started in the late 1980s. Around half a million people turn to our aid organization every year to pass on their knowledge.
“If you know who was involved in the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, please contact us completely anonymously.