enquiry launched after 2 bodies are found in Southport
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Detectives have launched a murder enquiry and arrested a man
following the discovery of a body within a house on Lonsdale
Road, Southport, on Tuesday, 21 February 2012. As a result of
further enquiries a second body was also recovered at an address
in Birch Street, Southport, in the early hours of Wednesday, 22
February 2012. It is thought that the Police launched the double
murder inquiry after a man, thought to be a Taxi driver, handed
himself into a Southport Police Station. At this time the cause
of death has yet to be established and Home Office post mortems
will be carried out later. Both of the victims are believed to
be women in their 80s. A 43 year man from Southport has been
arrested on suspicion of murder, and will be further interviewed
in connection with the enquiry.
The Force Major Incident Team
is leading the investigation and house to house enquiries now
are underway. Both scenes remain sealed for forensic
examination. Anyone with information is asked to call the FMIT
on:- 0800 230 0600 or Crime stoppers on:- 0800 555 111. Both
pensioners have yet to be formally identified. House to house
inquiries are under way and the results of post-mortem
examinations on both women are due later. Ch Supt Nikki Holland
said officers were "following a
number of lines of inquiry."
Responding to a suggestion
that the deaths may be related to a burglary on Jane's Brook
Road, she said:- "We are keeping an
open mind in relation to whether other incidents may be related
or not. We want to reassure all residents, particularly older
residents, who live in the area where these addresses are
located that we have increased patrols in the area to provide
reassurance and support."
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