A seven-year-old boy shot in the leg has written to Santa begging him to find the man who hurt him.

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Christian Hickey and his mum Jayne, 30, were blasted at point black range after they answered the door to two gunmen on October 12 this year, A bullet shattered Christian’s left leg leaving him with ‘life changing’ wounds, and his mum also suffered injuries to her leg.

Like most ordinary kids in the run-up to Christmas, Christian has written a letter to Father Christmas describing which toys he hopes to get under the tree, like a remote-controlled helicopter and a Playstation game.

But his letter has one heartbreaking difference: the first thing he asks is for Santa to help find the gangsters who shot him. This month Christian was able to walk on crutches for the first time since the attack, and he and his mother have now left hospital after numerous operations.

According to the police they are getting closer to the gangs behind the series of shootings in Salford, including the murder of the city’s ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey in July, and they released Christian’s letter in the hope somebody might come forward to help.

Russ Jackson, from the serious crime division of Greater Manchester Police, said: ‘It is heart wrenching to know that a little boy who should be writing a list filled with exciting gifts, has got this at the top of his Christmas list. ‘What happened to Christian will stay with him for the rest of his life but what we can do is try to make this up to him by finding those responsible and bringing them to justice. ‘These people have absolutely no place in civilised society and we remain as determined as ever to find them. ‘We are continuing to appeal for information and I would like to urge anybody who may know something to please get in touch.’