Detectives investigating the murder of a man shot dead three years ago now believe he met his killers in a pub car park about an hour before his body was discovered.

Twenty- year- old Kevin Nunes was found dead on a grass verge off Clive Road in Pattingham, near Wolverhampton, at 10pm on September 19, 2002.

Staffordshire Police said the Jamaican national was driven to the Fox Inn in Shipley at around 9pm, where he met several other people before being killed.

The pub is about half a mile away from where the former Stafford Rangers football player's body was found.

Detectives have launched a fresh appeal for information and are keen to reassure potential witnesses that special measures are available to protect their identity throughout the justice system.

Officers are particularly keen to trace three cars believed to have been in the area on the night of the murder. These are a red Toyota Corolla, a black Toyota Supra, and a dark-coloured VW Golf which may have had dark tinted windows.

Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Guthrie, leading the investigation, said the motive for the murder remained unclear.

"It is possible that it may have had links to drugs or that he was involved in a dispute of some kind," he said.

Mr Guthrie went on: " Previously, it was not known what happened to Kevin between the last sighting of him at his girlfriend's house in Whitmore Reans shortly after 8pm and his body being found at around 9.50pm.

"We now have a fuller picture of Kevin's last movements and believe he met several people in the Fox pub car park at around 9pm. It is likely these individuals were responsible for this young man's shocking death."