One of UK’s most wanted gunmen on run for 15 years has London cabbie contact

A savage gunman who has been on the run for 15 years is dating the girlfriend of a London cabbie, according to investigators tracking him down.

Kevin Parle, 39, who is wanted in connection with two fatal shootings in Liverpool, is said to be one of the UK's most wanted criminals.

He is wanted in connection with the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly in 2004 and Lucy Hargreaves in 2005.

It's been said Parle has been evading police around the Costa Blanca, but now TV cop Peter Bleksley has revealed some vital new information in the mission to hunt him down.

Former cop Bleksley says Parle is dating a woman whose dad is a London cabbie.

But the investigator had been keeping the information on the low-down as he tried to smoke Parle out of his hiding place with the help of crime experts.

He revealed all his findings in a new BBC podcast, report The Echo.

During the discussion, Professor David Wilson, who works at Birmingham University and is a former prison governor, said: "We're building up a picture of the person who is Kevin Parle.

"The idea he can be charming, but having a [violent] side to him…the idea that he's living in plain sight, surrounded by Liverpudlians who are completely aware of what he's accused of having done in Liverpool.

"You're building up a very big picture of someone who's prepared to operate in plain sight, albeit there's all this heat that's going to come on his head."

Meanwhile Bleksley has also visited beach town Albir, where a source insisted he spotted the 6ft 6in Merseysider, as recently as September 2019, almost get involved in a fight after bar staff tried to eject a group of Liverpudlians which included two women, Parle's friends, who'd been allegedly snorting cocaine in the toilets.

Parle is a significant suspect for Merseyside Police in Ms Hargreaves' murder, the 22-year-old shockingly shot dead as she slept under a duvet on the sofa in her front room in Lambourne Road, Walton, in August 2005.

The previous year, in June 2004, 16-year-old Liam Kelly was also gunned down and murdered on Grafton Street in Dingle, for which the very tall and well-built fugitive is also wanted.

Mr Wilson, who has written books about serial killers, added: "He's [Parle] has taken steps to be one step ahead of whatever decision you[Bleksley] take.

"The trick we've got to come up with is finding how to be two steps ahead, therefore to trump what he's going to do next."

Peter Walsh, a well-known crime author who penned the book "Cocky" on Liverpool drug baron Curtis Warren, was also part of the debate, and he said: "If he's [Parle] still got money he's earning, that[could] mean being part of criminal operations… this area of Spain[Costa Blanca] is key.

"He is highly visible, he doesn't seem to have been making huge efforts to keep himself discreet or hidden, and it seems to me, the more time you spend out there, you are going to find more and more people who have seen him.

"Whether he hires cars, goes to estate agents, rents different properties…people are going to find this guy recognisable."

Also helping to nab Parle is a geo-profiling and open source intelligence expert, known as Kyle, who thinks the now-39-year-old has blended seamlessly into the Spanish way of life.

He told Bleksley: "Kevin Parle might be there because he feels powerful there…but he's also very comfortable there.

"He's there because he knows people and the area… the closer you get to him, he's going to be hesitant to leave that Spanish coast area.

"If he does, it might be back to Liverpool, if he goes anywhere else, it might just be temporary….he's been there[Spain] off and on since 2006.

"He still hasn't left, which says a lot."

Professor Wilson added: "He will fully know what you're [Mr Bleksley] doing…and people have spoken to you, and yet he chooses not to flee from that area and that he still feels powerful in that area."

Mr Walsh, who also wrote Gang War about the Manchester mob scene, is puzzled why Parle might have hung out in small Spanish beach resorts.

And he advised the fugitive hunter to next consider looking in new hideouts including Barcelona, Madrid and Bangkok.

Professor Wilson added: "I got the impression, firstly, he [Parle] gets a bit bored…he does things which will bring him to public attention.

"He is a risk-taker, that was the personality he had in Liverpool.

"He's still got connections in Liverpool who are prepared to support and cover for him."

Suggesting Mr Blesksley should contact Spanish police, who might also be keen to find Parle, the former prison governor added: "I get the impression, if you shake the tree, eventually things fall from the branches.

"By approaching the [Spanish] authorities, what you are doing is shaking that tree."

Ms Hargreaves, whose two-year-old daughter was sleeping upstairs when she was killed, was not the intended target of the gun attack, described as “one of the most brutal” police in Liverpool had ever come across.

Parle was arrested in connection with the murder and also Liam's murder and released in bail.

But he absconded shortly afterwards.

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