When Is The Murder Of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes On Itv, Who Is Presenting And What Are The Recordings?

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EVERTON fan Rhys Jones’ story is set to be retold in ITV1’s The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes.

But who was the 11-year-old? What happened to him in Croxteth in 2007? When does the new programme broadcast?

ITV Susanna Reid meets Rhys Jones’ parents

What is ITV’s The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes?

Journalist Susanna Reid looks into the investigation behind the 11-year-old schooboy’s murder.

Rhys Jones was an 11-year-old schoolboy from Liverpool.

The son of parents Stephen, from Liverpool, and Melanie Jones, from Wrexham, he was tragically killed just one month before his twelfth birthday.

The young boy’s killing was the subject of four-part ITV drama Little Boy Blue last year.

And Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna will take a look at the police officers who worked on the case, meets his parents and is able to watch and listen to covert police recordings from the case made by the gang members involved which helped get them convicted.

Merseyside Police Rhys Jones was an 11-year-old schoolboy killed in a gangland shooting

When is The Murder of Rhys Jones: Police Tapes on?

The programme is set to air on Thursday 21 June 2018.

It will air on ITV1 at 9pm.

The documentary will last one hour.

Who was Rhys Jones?

Rhys Jones was an 11-year-old schoolboy from Liverpool.

The son of parents Stephen, from Liverpool, and Melanie Jones, from Wrexham, he was tragically killed just one month before his twelfth birthday.

Rhys had just left Broad Square Primary School on the city’s Norris Green housing estate and was due to start at Fazakerley High School in September 2007.

People who knew him, such as his teachers and neighbours, said he was a friendly and popular boy.

He was also a massive football fan, supporting Everton FC, where he, his brother and his dad had season tickets.

PA:Press Association Everton fan Rhys’ coffin is carried into the church for his funeral in 2007

What happened to Rhys?

Rhys was senselessly killed as he walked across a pub car park in Liverpool on August 22, 2007.

The sports-mad youngster was heading home alone after football practice at 7.30pm in broad daylight when a hooded youth cycled by and fired three shots from a handgun.

One struck Rhys in the back and his distraught mum rushed to the scene when she heard what had happened.

Paramedics tried for over an hour-and-a-half to save Rhys, but he was later pronounced dead at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

After months of investigations and arrests, 18-year-old Sean Mercer – a member of the Croxteth Crew gang – was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 22 years.

Fellow gang members, including James Yates, Nathan Quinn, Melvin Coy, Dean Kelly and Gary Kays were also convicted of assisting an offender.

As Rhys lay dying Yates helped Mercer dispose of his bike, clothes and the gun he had provided him with just before the shooting.

Getty Images Sean Mercer was jailed for a minimum of 22 years for the murder of Rhys

When was Rhys killed and why?

Mercer’s “Crocky Crew” were involved in a tit-for-tat turf war with the Strand Gang, aka the “Nogga Dogz”, from the neighbouring Norris Green estate.

There had been more than 20 reports of shots from cars or bikes between 2004 and 2007.

On August 22, 2007, Mercer was told three members of the rival gang had been seen on Crocky Crew territory.

Mercer raced to the location on his BMX, armed with the Smith & Wesson .455 revolver from the First World War.

He fired three shots. The second of which hit Rhys in the back.

None of his intended targets were hit.




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