THE grieving family of a hit-and-run victim have made an emotional appeal this week to find his killer - 10 years after his death.

John Seaton, 25, was struck down walking home to Walkerith after a night out with friends on October 14 1995, but despite extensive investigations by Lincolnshire Police the driver was never found.

Now on the anniversary of his death, both his family and the force have called on the public for renewed help in a bid to solve the crime.

Nigel Seaton, 39, speaking from his home in Campbell Street, Gainsborough, this week recalled the moment he was told the tragic news of his brother's death.

He said: "I was absolutely gob-smacked when I heard. My dad rang me at work and he said to me 'I need you home son, right now. John's dead' - it just knocked me for six.

"It takes some believing that someone out there doesn't know who did this. We all hope that the persons responsible will be brought to justice."

The former William Harrison School pupil, who had a passion for cars and motorbikes, had been walking along Walkerith Road after deciding to leave Gainsborough's White Hart pub at 2am.

He was found near the junction of Laughton Road at 4.15am by a passing car. He had died of severe head injuries.

Nigel said the family, including twins Paul, 32, and sister Amanda Norton, still found it hard to come to terms with his death despite the passing of the years.

He said: "We still find it hard to travel along the stretch of road where he was killed, we just cannot do it.

"It doesn't get any easier even though it happened so long ago. I think of him all the time - I can't help it.

"People say that life goes on but it would be a lot better if we knew those responsible had been caught."

Father Ronald, 67, added: "It has been 10 years now. I just hope all the media attention will help bring some more information forward because we need to know."

Yesterday Lincolnshire Police reappealed for witnesses.

Insp Les Parker, from the roads policing unit, said: "John's family need to know what happened that night. Someone out there can help answer their questions and also find the person responsible and I would urge them to get in touch."

"I wouldn't wish what they have gone through, and are still going through everyday, on anyone. Take a moment to think about their pain and if you can think of anything at all that could help us, however small you think it might be, then pick up the phone."

If you have information contact the Witness Helpline on 01522 558855 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.