Specialist officers comb lake for murder weapon

Police search the lake at Taylor Park for a murder weapon used in the murder of Chris Honnor last week
Police search the lake at Taylor Park for a murder weapon used in the murder of Chris Honnor last week

THIS was the dramatic scene as police investigating the murder of Christopher Honnor meticulously trawled the Taylor Park lake in search of a discarded firearm.

Officers braved plummeting temperatures and donned specialist dry suits as they scoured a section of the lake near to the boat house last week.

But a force spokesman confirmed that, as yet, no weapon has been recovered.

As part of last week’s concentrated search, officers cordoned off a small area of the popular park - about 200 yards from the boat house.

Witnesses told how there were around half a dozen officers at the site, as well as a police van, two unmarked Land Rovers and a large unmarked police truck.

These photos show two officers standing at the water’s edge while another wades in.

Last week, tributes were paid to Christopher Honnor, a popular father-of-two, after he was shot dead at flats in Warrington Road, Prescot, on the morning of October 13.

His daughters, Katie and Leah, and older brothers, Geoff and Alan, described the 40-year-old mechanic as “a practical joker” who was “always willing to help others”.

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Honnor passed away in hospital after receiving a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police have since charged Christopher Strettle, 43, of Park Avenue, Eccleston Park, with Mr Honnor’s murder. Christopher Strettle’s wife, Lesley Strettle, 41, of the same address, has been charged with assisting an offender.

Both suspects are set to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on November 7.

A 37-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, was released without charge.