Hours of CCTV footage, eight arrests but still no charges in connection with Lenny Scott murder

On Thursday February 8, 2024, John 'Lenny' Scott left his gym in Skelmersdale.

But as he made his way home, the 33-year-old was gunned down in a 'cold blooded assassination' on Peel Road. The dad-of-three took his nickname from the character Lennie Small in the John Steinbeck novel 'Of Mice and Men'.

Like the fictional character, Lenny was known for his gentle nature and love of animals.


In the four months since Lenny was killed, a large, dedicated investigation team has scoured hundreds of hours of CCTV footage in a bid to trace Lenny's killer. They established that after the killing, the gunman made their way from the scene on an e-bike.

Nine people have been arrested during the course of the investigation, but to date, no-one has been charged with Lenny's murder.

On March 14, Lancashire police confirmed a 63-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. They were later released on bail.

On Tuesday March 12, officers executed warrants at two addresses in Liverpool and arrested a 34-year-old man from Liverpool who was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and money laundering. He was released under investigation.

The same day, two other people, a man aged 54 and a woman aged 51, from Liverpool were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and later released under investigation. While this warrant was conducted by officers investigating Lenny’s murder the arrests are not directly related.

The arrests came days after Lenny's funeral, where mourners were encouraged to wear crocs to reflect Lenny's fun loving personality. Friends described him as "the most gentle giant everyone could know", as they planned a fundraising walk up Snowdon.

In a tribute, following the murder, Lenny's family said: “On Thursday 8th February our hearts were broken forever. Our Lenny was cruelly taken from us and we don’t understand why. Lenny was a devoted dad. He lived for his children. They were everything to him, as he was to them. He was a beloved daddy, son, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and colleague.

"He was the biggest, funniest and most lovable person. He had such a big presence and would light up any room he walked into. His strength, laughter, hugs, sense of humour and banter were second to none.

“He always wanted to make a difference and do the right thing, to help and protect everyone he met and he had a real strong sense of duty and service which was shown by his time serving in the RAF. He loved animals so much, especially dogs.

"We were all so lucky to have him in our lives… to watch him grow into this strong wonderful man, loved by so many."

In March they released video footage of Lenny playing with two of his children, in the hope it would prompt someone who knew what had happened to come forward with information.

As detectives continue to investigate the killing, anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 1155 of 9th February or submit information or footage here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020124L01-PO1

You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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