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  • Update - man arrested on suspicion of two murders

    Update 19.09.14 - 7pm

    Merseyside Police can confirm that this incident is believed to be domestic related.

    At this stage of the investigation officers are not seeking any other person in connection with this incident.

    Enquiries into the incident are ongoing

    The victims' next of kin is in the process of being informed

    The 46-year-old man remains in police custody at this time 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4589 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

    Original Release 19.09.14 - 3pm

    Merseyside Police can confirm a 46-year-old man has been arrested this morning (Friday, 19 September) on suspicion of murdering two people in the Toxteth.  

    Police were called at approximately 10.40am from a member of the public concerned for the safety of a man and woman inside a property on Huskisson Street.  

    Officers attended and forced entry to the property. Unfortunately the residents, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, were found dead inside  

    Enquiries were undertaken that led to a 46-year-old man being arrested at approximately 11.25am in the Rainhill area on suspicion of their murders.  

    The people inside the property have been identified and their next-of-kin are in the process of being sought.  

    The scene has been cordoned off for examination and house-to-house enquiries are on-going in the area.  

    Post-mortems are to be conducted to establish the causes of death.  

    The 46-year-old man remains in police custody at this time.  

    An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is on-going.  

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4589 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

  • Advice To Motorists - Spillage - Bootle

    Update Release (midday)

    Merseyside Police is advising motorists to avoid an area of Bootle today (Friday, 19 September) following a spillage from a tanker, which is believed to be a type of oil. 

    Driving conditions may be difficult and we are advising motorists to take care, particularly around Queens Drive and on a number of roads leading to the Millers Bridge area of Bootle. It is believed the the tanker has leaked oil from Queens Drive near the M62 through to Millers Bridge as it has been travelling.

    Road closures remain in place at this time and Millers Bridge, Derby Road, Balliol Road and Strand Road are all closed. 

    The spillage may take a number of hours to be fully cleared.

    Original Release

    Merseyside Police are advising motorists to avoid an area of Bootle this morning (Friday, 19 September) following a spillage from tanker.

    Emergency services were called at approximately 8am to the junction of Millers Bridge and Derby Road to a report of a spillage.

    Road closures have been put in place whilst the incident is dealt with.

    There are closures on the following roads: Millers Bridge, Derby Road, Balliol Road and Strand Road.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as the spillage may take a number of hours to be cleared.

  • Merseyside Police Supports National Week Of Action By Forces On Alcohol

    Merseyside Police is supporting a national week of police action on alcohol and calling time on people who drink irresponsibly and end up involved in crime.

    As part of the week of action, officers have been carrying out a range of activities including visiting schools, speaking to students as part of freshers week and working with a range of partners and the licensing trade to promote responsible drinking.

    This weekend officers will be in town centres across Merseyside to make sure people are enjoying themselves safely and responsibly and those who have had too much to drink aren't behaving anti-socially or ending up involved in criminality.

    Patrols will also be visiting a range of licensed premises including pubs, clubs and off-licenses to check they are being run responsibly.

    The operation is being led by Superintendent Mark Wiggins from Liverpool North.  He said: "Lots of people like to drink socially, but when people take it too far the links between alcohol and crime can't be ignored and have to be tackled.

    "Figures from across the country show that nearly fifty per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related and that figure rises to nearly 75 per cent if we look at assualts which require treatment.

    "If you pre-load and are on the way to being drunk before you even leave home, you are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in violence when you're out, either as a victim or an offender. 

    "People drinking too much can also have a devastating effect on communities, with alcohol related anti-social behaviour by far the most common form that people experience. 

    "The message seems pretty clear.  If you drink too much, you are putting yourselves and others at risk and are far more likely to end up involved in criminal behaviour.

    "That's why we are working hard with our partners and the licensing industry to promote responsible drinking across Merseyside and make sure that our town centres and Liverpool city centre remain great places to enjoy a safe night out.

    "We have spent the week so far getting some of our key messages out and this weekend we will be out across the force re-inforcing them, including increased patrols, the use of drugs dogs and visiting licensed premises.

    The force is also backing the new card being issued as part of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.  Superintendent Wiggins added:  "Up until now there have been lots of different cards under the scheme which haven't been widely accepted.  This has meant young people still carry passports or driving licenses as proof of ID, many of which end up lost or stolen and being used fraudulently.

    "The new card incorporates proper checks on those approving the applications and will have a single design which incorporates the unique "PASS" hologram.  We are confident the new card will be widely accepted and should mean that people who are over 18 can get into licensed premises and those who aren't, can't.

    "People need to take responsibility for their own drinking and the consequences it has, but the pro-active stance we are taking should ensure that our night time economies across Merseyside remain safe for everyone to enjoy."

  • CCTV Footage Appeal - Assault - Hoylake

    Merseyside Police has issued CCTV footage of a man officers would like to speak to following an assault at a bar in Hoylake on Saturday, 24 May.

    Officers were called, at around 2am the following morning, Sunday, 25 May, by a 65-year-old man reporting that he had been assaulted in Jack Rabbit Slims Bar, Grosvenor Road, at sometime between 11.30pm and midnight.

    The victim went to hospital where he received treatment for an injury to his lip.

    Officers subsequently attended at the premises and carried out enquiries, including speaking to potential witnesses.  CCTV from the venue has been located and reviewed.

    Detective Inspector Rachel Wilson, Wirral CID, said: "This appears to be a violent and unprovoked attack on the victim who was trying to enjoy his night out.

    "He was hit in the face so hard he was knocked unconscious and needed treatment in hospital.

    "We have been carrying out extensive enquiries and we have now obtained CCTV footage which we believe shows the alleged incident in the premises. 

    Link to footage is as follows:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRANDPygpoc

    "We think the man highlighted in the footage could have vital information to help with our investigation and I would urge him, or anyone who recognises him, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

    An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

    Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in Wirral CID on 0151 777 2265 or via the police 101 number, quoting reference 0514099226.

    Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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