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Liverpool Echo

Murder arrest after woman found dead in flat

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a flat.

Merseyside Police rushed to Vittoria Close in Birkenhead at around 7.15pm on Thursday, May 12, following reports of a woman's body being found. Once police entered a flat block on the road, officers found the body of a woman in her 60s.

Paramedics attended and she was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s next of kin were informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

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Officers arrested a 51-year-old man, who is known to the victim, on suspicion of murder. He was taken into custody and will be questioned by police. An investigation is ongoing and officers remain on Vittoria Close while CCTV, forensic and house-to house-enquiries are carried out.

The incident is being treated as domestic-related and detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Kevin O’Rourke said: “We are investigating the tragic death of a woman in Birkenhead and have arrested a man, who we can confirm was known to the victim. Our enquiries into the incident are ongoing and if you have any information which could assist our investigation then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

“We take the issue of domestic abuse very seriously and will continue to work alongside our partners to identify the best way to tackle it. I would encourage anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse to have the courage to report it to us and we will support you in every way we can.

“Similarly I would ask if you are aware of someone who is a victim of domestic abuse – whether that be a friend, family member, colleague or neighbour - please contact us so that we can take positive action and offer them the support that they need.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 with reference 22000326747.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

If someone is in immediate danger they should dial 999 and speak to an operator but we also accept that openly speaking is not always an option. The Silent Solution is a service which means a vulnerable person can call 999 and alert us, by pressing ’55.’ This will indicate that help is needed and we will respond.