Police, Fire & Court

£10,000 reward for information leading to arrest of 2005 killer

By Mark Gorton at

Merseyside Police has offered a £10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the conviction of the killer of Merseyside sailor Anthony Cavanagh.

Anthony was assaulted 12 years ago this weekend during a night out with friends whilst on home leave from the Royal Navy.

The 22-year-old from Kirkdale suffered catastrophic head injuries caused by a single punch by an unknown attacker. He died in hospital 11 days later – a day after his birthday.

The assault took place outside the Walkabout bar in Liverpool’s Concert Square.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker from Merseyside Police’s intelligence bureau said: “Anthony was an innocent young man who was simply enjoying a night out with his mates when he was injured in an unprovoked attack as he left Walkabout. The force of the blow knocked him unconscious and he fell backwards, hitting the floor and suffering terrible head injuries.

“His attacker was part of a larger group, of all whom left the scene without trying to help. Anthony died 11 days later in hospital and his family have been suffering ever since.

“Over the years we have spoken to witnesses and made several arrests, including a man from Blundellsands, but never managed to secure enough evidence to charge anyone with causing Anthony’s death.

“We know that Anthony was punched by someone who he had accidentally knocked into as he left the bar. A drink was spilt and we believe Anthony was trying to apologise when he was attacked.

“The person who did this has lived with this on their conscience for 12 years as have the people he was with on the night who may have seen what happened. Friendships and loyalties can change in 12 years as can people’s personal circumstances. Ten thousand pounds is a substantial sum.

“I would urge anyone with information that could help us bring Anthony’s killer to justice and his family a sense of peace to do the right thing and come forward.

“Anthony was a local lad with a promising career ahead of him and a loving family who deserve to see justice done. If you know something please call.”

Information can be left by calling the police on 101. Alternatively, anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.