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Hunt for Liverpool’s most wanted Kevin Parle to spread to Thailand, Dubai and Spain

‘I’d like to think this will be his last Christmas on the run,’ says ex-undercover detective tracking Kevin Parle.

The private investigator hunting for Merseyside’s most wanted fugitive today looked forward to 2021, and said: “I can’t wait to get on a plane again.”

Kevin Parle is on the run following two unsolved murders in Liverpool and is believed by some to be hiding out abroad with the help of a well-established criminal network.

The south Liverpool man has been at large since 2005 but there have been alleged sightings of the 40-year-old over the last decade-and-a-half.

Peter Bleksley, a former Metropolitan police undercover detective, has spent the past 20 months trying to pinpoint the 6ft 6ins fugitive’s whereabouts.

And eyewitness accounts and detailed descriptions of brief incidents have indicated he could have been, at different times, in Europe and Asia.

In December, a team of detectives from Merseyside Police met with the ex-Channel 4 Hunted investigator as he delivered a 90-minute presentation of some of his findings.

An efit picture shows what Kevin Parle may have looked like with a beard which sources suggest he grew during his time on the run.

It is one of the very few times the force has engaged with him, due to his status as a private investigator.

Mr Bleksley told the ECHO: “I gave a presentation which included 120 power point slides which was watched by a detective chief inspector and a number of others.

“Once we have an end to Covid-19, I have a considerable number of doors to knock and people to get in front of.

“I can’t wait to get on a plane again when possible, and Spain, Thailand, Dubai and Ireland will be the first countries on my list.

“Every week people are contacting me with information about Parle, the profile has been raised considerably in the last 20 months.”

Mr Bleksley believes that at one stage over his 15 years as a fugitive, Parle was on the run in Ireland, possibly in the Wexford area, with connections with a well-known notorious Irish family.

Parle is wanted in connection with the killings of 22-year-old Lucy Hargreaves in 2005 and 16-year-old Liam Kelly, the year before, in Liverpool.

The fugitive is at the top of Merseyside Police’s wanted list following the chilling shooting of Ms Hargreaves. The young parent was shot dead in Walton as she slept on a living room sofa after which petrol was poured around the room and set alight.

Parle is also wanted in connection with the tragic gunning down of 16-year-old Liam Kelly on Grafton Street in Dingle, in 2004.

There have been many claimed sightings of Parle in the Canary Islands, Asia, and many eyewitness accounts of him on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

Other claims have been made of the Liverpudlian regularly visiting a cannabis cafe and also being with a group of women allegedly snorting coke in a bar’s toilets, prompting Parle to square up to a barman who wanted to throw them out, it was said.

Both those sightings are claimed to have happened in Albir, a small beach resort sandwiched between Altea and Benidorm on the northern coast.

He is also said to have spent a whole summer in hiding at a holiday park n Torrevieja in 2006.

Parle was released on bail after he was arrested in connection with Ms Hargreaves’ murder, a case in which the killers were understood to be looking for the 22-year-old’s boyfriend, Gary Campbell, who has acknowledged he was the intended target.

Parle, who previously had distinctive ginger or strawberry blonde hair, was similarly quizzed over Liam’s tragic shooting.

He absconded shortly afterwards.

Mr Bleksley added: “The search for Parle has been a remarkable experience, intriguing, crushing, frustrating….

A billboard featuring the face of Merseyside’s most wanted Kevin Parle is being driven around Spain in a bid to track him down

“What I’ve discovered is borne out a lot, he is smart and intelligent, that’s not in doubt.

“But to stay uncaptured, he’s got to be lucky every day, and I’ve got to be lucky just once.

“His luck will run out.

“He lives a modest lifestyle and has regularly gone to different countries when he felt the need to.

“But with every movement comes an element of risk.

“I’d like to think this will be his last Christmas on the run.”

If you have information about Parle’s apparent whereabouts, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or Merseyside Police by ringing 101.

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