A TV drama about the 鈥榯urf war鈥?which led to the murder of Rhys Jones is being filmed in Greater Manchester.

The four part drama, starring Merseyside actor Stephen Graham , is using a pub in Astley, Wigan as a stand in for the Fir Tree Pub in Croxteth which is near to where Rhys was murdered.

Schoolboy Rhys was shot dead outside the Fir Tree pub in Croxteth, in August 2007 as he walked home from football practice in his Everton FC kit.

The innocent 11 year old was a victim of gang violence as the hooded teenager who fired from a mountain bike who was aiming at members of a rival mob.

Rhys was hit in the back as shots were fired across the pub鈥檚 car park and died in his mother鈥檚 arms.

It is believed the new ITV drama series will be called 鈥楲ittle Boy Blue鈥?

Rhys Jones. Photo from Merseyside Police/PA Wire
Rhys Jones. Photo from Merseyside Police/PA Wire

Pictures taken at the location show show forensic tents set out on the car park and actors in white forensic suits stood within the grounds of the pub.

Floral tributes and blue scarves in a nod to Rhys鈥?passion for Everton Football Club are laid out on grass outside as actors portraying police officers and Rhys鈥?relatives and friends stand nearby.

Images which show the shooting of a new ITV drama, believed to be called Little Boy in Blue about the murder in Liverpool of Rhys Jones. Taken by MEN staff Emma Gill.

Star actor Graham, who appeared in This is England and Boardwalk Empire, is also captured in one image, although it鈥檚 not known who he is playing.

Letters from a location manager at ITV Studios Ltd which have been sent out to nearby households however reveal filming took place all day on Monday, with crews and actors set to return for another full day at the scene in Astley on Tuesday.

Acclaimed actor Stephen Graham who is set to star in new ITV drama, believed to be called Little Boy in Blue about the murder in Liverpool of Rhys Jones. Taken by MEN staff Emma Gill.

The letters reveal ITV bosses are paying for a real police officer to supervise the filming and a Home Office-licenced armourer will be on set to supervise the use of a firearm.

It adds: 鈥淲e are working with the full help, support and cooperation of Creative England, Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police.?/p>

Sean Mercer, then aged 16, was targeting a member of a rival gang when he shot Rhys, who was hit in the crossfire. Mercer was found guilty of murder and jailed for a minimum of 22 years.

ITV have been contacted for comment about the drama.