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Daughter of man killed 25 years ago issues heartfelt appeal on 25th anniversary
23 Dec | 08:48

The daughter of a man murdered 25 years ago has spoken of her heartache at spending another Christmas without knowing who is responsible for killing her father.

Natalie Logan, 25, was just a baby when her dad, Paul Logan, was found dead on farmland near Shotley Bridge in the early hours of Christmas Eve, 1993.

Speaking on the anniversary of his death, she said: “Twenty-five years have passed and we still have no answers and no justice. My dad was the same age I am now when he was killed and he had his whole life ahead of him. I have no doubt he would have loved us all very much, especially my brother's new son, his first grandson.

“Someone out there knows what happened and why my dad was taken from us. They know I've gone through life without him and they know what my whole family have been through. 

"I urge anyone out there who has answers, to listen to your conscience. Tell the police and let them do their job. Even if it’s something small, it might be something big to the enquiry. I truly hope we can find the answers we need so my family and I can have our closure."

On that fateful night, delivery driver Paul had been lured to Blue House Farm by his killers on the pretext of delivering takeaway, but, when he arrived at the property just before 10pm on December 23, he was told by the homeowners they had not ordered anything.

Later that night, the homeowners called police after seeing Paul’s cream Peugeot car still parked at the end of the lane leading up to their home. Police later found the car empty with the lights still on and doors open. Paul’s body was lying about 50 yards away.

Northumbria Police is leading the investigation and are working closely with partners in Durham Constabulary to identify and bring Paul’s killers to justice.

Detective Inspector Dave English, from Northumbria Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We understand a lot has happened over the past 25 years. People have grown up, moved away and might have forgotten all about this horrific crime. But Paul’s family are still here and still searching for answers.

"Despite his children now being grown adults with their own families, they have grown up without knowing their father and no child should have to go through that.

“We know that there will be people out there who know what happened to Paul on that night. We know someone will have information about the hoax call made from a phone box at the junction of Snows Green Road and Benfieldside Road in Shotley Bridge, before Paul set off with the takeaway.

“We would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us and help this family get the closure they need. This enquiry may be 25-years-old but we are absolutely determined to catch whoever carried out this vicious attack and bring them to justice."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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