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Edition No. 135

Date:- 17 January 2004

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The Murder Investigation of Susan and Ellen Peters

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MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for help from members of the public after the bodies of 29-year-old Susan Peters and her three-year-old daughter Ellen were found at their home in Dudley Road, Wallasey at 11am on Friday 9th January.

Police were called after Susan's brother went to visit his sister and found their bodies inside the third floor flat. A Home Office Pathologist has carried out post mortem examination and has found that they both died from multiple injuries caused by a sharply bladed instrument. The weapon has not been recovered.

Susan was last spoken to by a friend the previous evening (Thursday 8th January) at around 11pm and was safe and well. 

There are no signs of a break in at the scene and police believe that Susan may have known her attacker and legitimately let them into her house. Crime Scene Investigators and forensic experts are at the scene gathering information and police officers are conducting house to house enquiries in the area.

Susan worked as a part time waitress at the local golf club and was married to Ian who worked in the Navy and was away at work in Portsmouth at the time of the murder. He is now back in Wallasey and is being comforted by relatives.

Detective Superintendent Peter Currie of the Force Major Incident Team is leading the investigation. He said:- "We would particularly like to appeal to any neighbours and residents who may have noticed someone calling at Susan's home at anytime from 11pm on Thursday to 11am on Friday. We would urge anyone who saw something out of the ordinary to contact police immediately. 

We would also ask if anyone saw anything at all around this time period no matter how ordinary it may seem. It looks like Susan knew the person who did this so they may not necessarily have been acting suspiciously. We would ask if anyone knows anything at all about this despicable crime to get in touch.

A man´s black Peugeot mountain bike has also gone missing from the communal hallway area of the flats and we want to know if anyone has seen someone riding this bike or discarding it somewhere to contact us.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Susan and Ellen's family. She was a devoted mother to a very happy little girl and someone must know why this happened. We would urge anyone who knows anything at all to contact police so that we can bring someone to justice for this awful crime."

If anybody has any information they are asked to call the incident room on 0151 777 8676 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Lord Mayor Rock 'n' Rolls into the States

THE Lord Mayor of Liverpool is heading Stateside next week to lead the celebrations of 50 years of rock 'n' roll music to represent the city at the world launch of the anniversary on January 21 in New York. 

2004 marks half a century since Elvis Presley cut his first record - 'That's All Right' - at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee in July 1954. Liverpool is playing a leading role, having twinned with Memphis - the birthplace of rock 'n' roll - for 2004. 

The city will join in a year long celebration of 'the Devil's music', with the highlights being the eagerly anticipated Summer Pops season, the Mathew Street Festival, Creamfields and music-themed Capital of Culture events.

Further events will be announced in New York on Wednesday, when the Lord Mayor will be presented with the keys to the city of Memphis.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Gould, said:- "I am delighted to be representing Liverpool.   I was a rock 'n' roller in my youth and I have been known to slip the old blue suede shoes back on every now and then. 

Liverpool is known as the Capital of Pop, so it is fitting that we are playing a major role in this landmark anniversary."


A CHORLEY man has been appointed to help sell Liverpool to the world - and deliver the best ever European Capital of Culture program.

Jason Harborow, 33, has been made Director of Commercial and Tourism Operations, for Liverpool's Capital of Culture program in 2008, following an international recruitment exercise.

Jason, who started his career at Wigan Council and recently worked on the Commonwealth Games, is one of three new directors named today, Tuesday, January 13, to lead the Liverpool Culture Company. 

The new team will be responsible for ensuring that the programme of events in 2008 - and in the years leading up to it including the city's 800th birthday in 2007- are delivered successfully and the city is marketed to the rest of the world.

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