Search for gun that killed Jimmy Millen moves to second lake

Police dredging Clive Vale fishing lake for a weapon that killed Jimmy Millen
Police dredging Clive Vale fishing lake for a weapon that killed Jimmy Millen
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POLICE divers searching two fishing lakes in Hastings in the hunt for a handgun thought to have been used in the murder of Jimmy Millen in 2001 expect to complete their search of the first one this afternoon (Thursday).

Mr Millen, 27, died in Carpenter Drive, St Leonards, on October 24, 2001, after the passenger on a black motorbike fired shots from a handgun.

The bike drove off from Tilebarn Road where Mr Millen was shot and past the junction of Lancaster Road. It then went toward the Castleham Industrial Estate.

Despite a major investigation and exhaustive enquiry, the case remains unsolved. New evidence has recently come to light, which has led to the search of the Clive Vale Angling Club waters.

PC Paul Critchfield, from Sussex Police’s Specialist Search Unit, said: “We have a team of eight divers working in extremely difficult conditions as the lakes have lily pads, reed beds and up to five feet of silt in places. As yet, nothing of note has been recovered.

“I would anticipate that our search of the top lake, which we will move on to on Friday, should be completed in two to three days.”

Anyone with information regarding the murder of Jimmy Millen is asked to come forward and contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Fare or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.