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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-10

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More information request as investigation of murder of Paul Groom leads to arrest


MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives investigating the murder of Paul Groom have arrested and charged with the murder, Michael Hill, aged 32, from Kirkby. We are told that he will stand trial in June 2017.

Detectives are still keen to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken with Paul, between 3pm, on Wednesday, 7 December and 10am, on Saturday, 10 December 2016. When last seen, Paul was wearing a green camouflage coat and was with his dog, a brown whippet, which he was often seen walking in the Fazakerley area.

Merseyside Police have also issued a CCTV image of Paul, taken on a number 17 Stagecoach Bus, that he is believed to have boarded close to Kirkby Golf Club. The bus travelled to Longmoor Lane, in Fazakerley, at around 6.15am, on Thursday, 8 December 2016 and the image is being issued in the hope that anyone who saw or spoke to Paul on the bus may have further information.

Paul was treated by paramedics at his house in Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, at around 10.30am, on Saturday, 10 December 2016, after a friend became concerned about him and called:- 999. He was taken to Hospital with a serious head injury and sadly died shortly after 10pm.

Detective Inspector Cath Haggerty said:- "We are particularly keen to speak with anyone on the number 17 Stagecoach Bus, early on the morning of Thursday, 8 December 2016, who saw or spoke with Paul. I'd encourage people to look at his picture and cast their minds back to see if they remember seeing him anywhere at all during this time. Any information that helps us build up a picture of Paul's movements prior to his death, on Saturday could be crucial to our investigation."

Anyone who saw Paul between these times is encouraged to call detectives on:- 0151 777 6049 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.


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