A WILD West enthusiast was found shot dead at his workplace after he had gone there to change a flat tyre.

Auto-electrician Brian Hardwick, 50, from Wibsey, was last seen alive by his colleagues at 5.35pm on November 21, 2001.

The father-of-two had been washing his hands ready to leave, but then brought his Renault Clio car back to the Huddersfield Car Electrical Services garage in Colne Road, Huddersfield, to change a flat tyre.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from two gunshot wounds to the head and chest from a small calibre weapon.

He was also robbed of his wallet, purse and a gold necklace with a broken heart pendant chain.

The other half belonged to his wife.


Mr Hardwick's Yorkshire Bank cash card was used at 6.15pm on the day of his death at a cashpoint at the Asda store in Bradford Road, Huddersfield.

The cardholder tried three times to withdraw cash.

Detectives initially investigated the possibility that his killer might have deliberately punctured his car tyre before carrying out the murder.

Police appealed for three men to come forward after it was revealed they had all been seen on or around the time of Mr Hardwick's death.

One was described as an Afro-Caribbean man, in his early 20s, who was seen crouched outside the front of the garage at 5.05pm.

The second man was seen running across the Kings Bridge at the bottom of Dewsbury Road where he ran in front of a car at 5.30pm. He was described as white, 20 to 25-years-old, with a skinny build.

The man had dark coloured hair, a long thin face with stubble, a pale complexion and wore a beige denim jacket and dark blue jeans.

At 5.10pm the same day another man was seen in the car park of the old Amsterdam Bar.

He was also white, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, in his 20s or early 30s.

Described as a "humble and quiet" man who loved his family and friends, the electrician had got married to his wife, Lynne, seven months before his death in a Wild West themed wedding where the bride and groom both wore outfits from the era.

They were both members of Bradford's Range Riders Country and Western Club, and some friends donned traditional Western outfits for his funeral, but holsters were left empty as a mark of respect.

A reconstruction of the day Mr Hardwick died was filmed and shown on the BBC's Crimewatch programme in 2002.

Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock and Detective Inspector Steve Hepplestone, who led the hunt to find Mr Hardwick's killer, travelled to the Crimewatch studios in London for a live interview about the investigation.

And in 2008, police appealed for anyone with information about the murder to come forward.

However, despite extensive enquiries, his killer has never been brought to justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Winfield of the Major Investigation Review Team, said: "As a victim focused organisation our priority is to achieve justice for victims.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about the murder of Brian Hardwick to come forward by contacting the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111."