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Issue:- 31 March/01 April 2010


MERSEYSIDE Police have released CCTV stills of a man they want to speak to in connection with an incident that occurred on Sunday, 10 January 2010 on Smithdown Road, Liverpool. At about 12:45am a 25 year old man was struck from behind as he withdrew money from a cash machine at Total Service Station. The victim had just entered his pin number when he was struck with what is believed to be a hammer or similar implement. The offender then withdrew money from his account. The victim received minor injuries and was left very shaken following the incident. The man pictured was seen leaving the Brook House public house shortly before the incident and walking over to the garage. Police believe he may be able to help them with their enquiries. Police would like the man pictured, or anyone who recognises him to contact them on:- 0151 777 5322 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.


MERSEYSIDE Police have confirm a murder investigation was been launched after the discovery of the body of an elderly woman in Stoneycroft on Wednesday, 31 March.

Emergency services were called at approximately 10.40pm on Tuesday, 30 March 2010, to a report of a fire at a property on Gorsewood Road, Belle Vale. The fire was extinguished by the fireservice and a search was conducted of the property. No one was injured during the incident. A short time later a 38 year old man from the local area was arrested nearby on suspicion of arson.

Officers then conducted a search of the man's home address on Moscow Drive at about 12.30am on Wednesday, 31 March 2010, where they found the body of an elderly female believed to be in her 70s. The woman had received an injury believed to have been caused by a knife. Detectives are continue to investigate and a Home Office A post mortem has confirmed that the victim murdered at a house on Moscow Drive, Stoneycroft, died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

The woman has not yet been formally identified.

The 38 year old man arrested on suspicion of arson is also to be questioned about the death of this woman. He remains in custody.

Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey said:- "At this early stage of the investigation we are working to piece together what has happened. The victim was found at the property this morning and we are appealing for anyone who has any information to come forward. We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has any information to get in touch with us."

Both scenes have been cordoned off for forensic examinations and house-to-house enquiries are on-going. Hi-visibility patrols have been stepped up in both areas to help reassure the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 4563 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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