Olivia Pratt-Korbel's killer gets £200k price on his head as biggest ever reward offered

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Police are offering a record £200,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel. A sum of £100,000 was offered by a private donor. Lord Ashcroft, Crimestoppers’ founder, has now matched that for the biggest single reward offer in its history.

He said: “This case has been incredibly shocking, not just for those who are directly affected, but also for Liverpool and the nation as a whole.

“I am delighted that with the support of a private donor, Crimestoppers can now offer a record £200,000 for information to catch Olivia’s killer.”

Olivia died after being shot in the chest at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22. Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured as the gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into their property.

Nine men have been arrested by Merseyside Police as part of the investigation, but all have since been bailed.

Speaking at a press conference, Merseyside Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “I recognise that people will wonder and question why no one has been charged despite those arrests.

“If I could reassure you that this is normal practice in any complex investigation, the threshold for arresting somebody is far lower than that of charging someone. Please be patient with us. The investigation is progressing.

“The detectives involved in bringing justice for Olivia and her family are working tirelessly with real care and passion to achieve the objective of securing those charges against everyone involved in her murder. No matter how small their role.”

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