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Executed in street; Murdered man appeared in controversial drama.

Byline: Andy Kelly

A MAN murdered in an execution-style shooting once took part in a controversial Channel Four drama about the Liverpool criminal underground.

Carl Seaton, 28, played a young man who buys a gun after being threatened in the film.

``Shooters'' featured many characters familiar with the Liverpool underground acting out a fictional plot involving a cocaine deal which goes violently wrong.

Mr Seaton's character was later seen practising how to use the gun.

A Home Office pathologist yesterday confirmed that Mr Seaton died from gunshot wounds in the 12.45am attack on Martensen Street, Edge Hill. He had left the nearby Weighing Machine pub alone shortly before and is thought to have been hit at least five times.

Police have ruled out earlier reports that Mr Seaton's girlfriend was with him at the time of the attack.

A 25-year-old man shot dead on Station Road, Haydock, around midnight on Sunday was yesterday named as Danny Leroy Regan. Originally from Leeds, where was known to detectives, Mr Regan had been living on Station Road for the past few months.

Two men from the Leeds area, who called the emergency services, were originally arrested but have been released on police bail.

Three men have been shot dead in less than a fortnight in gangland style executions.

The weekend murders follow the fatal shooting of Ray Craven, 27, in the Thatched House pub, in Liverpool, less than a fortnight before.

Police believe the victims in both recent incidents were targeted and insist that gun crime in the region is not running out of control.

They blame the recent upsurge on rival groups settling disputes.

Assistant chief constable Mike Giannasi said: ``We do not have a major problem on Merseyside and see our situation in the light of a national problem, which has seen an increase in the use of firearms to settle disputes between rival groups.

``There will be vigorous investigations into the circumstances of both of these incidents.

``But I cannot emphasise enough that we cannot do this in isolation and I would urge any members of the public who may have information, no matter how big or small, to come forward.''


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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 17, 2002
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