Police double reward money on anniversary of Openshaw murder
Thursday 3rd November 2016 @ 15:27 by Tom Greggan
Gorton & Openshaw News

Police investigating the murder of Pragaret ‘Charlie’ Singh have doubled the reward for information relating to his death, two years after he was shot to death in Openshaw.

They have also released an e-fit of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the murder.

Pragaret Singh, known to his family and friends as ‘Charlie’, was just 35 years old when he was killed outside Manchester Food Traders, off Wood Street in Openshaw.

An e-fit of the man police wish to speak to in connection with the murder of Pragaret 'Charlie' Singh.

An e-fit of the man police wish to speak
to in connection with the
murder of Pragaret ‘Charlie’ Singh.

Three men aged 32, 30 and 28 were arrested in connection with the murder but, following extensive enquiries, they were released with no further action.

The weapon used to kill Charlie was the same .45 calibre self-loading pistol used in the murder of Kieran McGrath in Ashton just four weeks earlier.

On Monday, police announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Charlie Singh has been doubled from £25,000 to £50,000.

Detectives believe Charlie’s killers arrived in a light-coloured Seat Leon and, after confronting and shooting Charlie, they got back into the car and drove along Park House Street, towards Alan Turin Way. A bag containing £23,000 was also taken from the shop and has not yet been recovered.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Eales, said: “It has been two whole years since Charlie was tragically killed and his family still do not have any answers.

“Somebody out there knows who took Charlie’s life. I am urging anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant they think it may be, to contact us as soon as possible. That piece of information could be the evidence we need to bring Charlie’s killer to Justice.

“£50,000 is a considerable amount of money and I’m hoping that by offering the reward, it will encourage people to come forward.

“In two years, allegiances may have changed and people may now feel able to come forward and speak to us. I want to assure these people there are processes in place to help us support them to do that.”