THE UNDERWATER search for the weapon that may have killed Jimmy Millen more than a decade ago was put on hold this week.
Officers who were scouring the water at Clive Vale reservoirs in Hastings were redeployed to security duties ahead of the Liberal Democrat conference at Brighton.
The conference runs from Saturday runs until Wednesday when officers are expected to return to the site to search again for a hand-gun.
Detectives were given information that the gun used to shoot Mr Millen dead in October 2001 may have been thrown into one of the reservoirs.
They are not sure how long the weapon may have been there but it is the first breakthrough in a case which has baffled police for 11 years.
Mr Millen’s widow Michelle and son Jimmy Junior were at the site when the search started last Monday, (Sept 10).
They said they were delighted that someone had come forward with the information and were convinced that people still living in the area knew more.
A £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case is still being offered by Sussex Police.
Force spokesman Andy Freeman said: “I understand that the search has been suspended for a few days due to the search unit’s commitment to Op Otter, the Lib Dem’s conference in Brighton, which starts at the weekend. They will return after that to complete the search.”