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Investigation launched after body found at Wirral flat

Rowson Street, New Brighton.
Rowson Street, New Brighton. Credit: Google Street View

Merseyside Police is investigating the unexplained death of a man whose body was found in a flat in New Brighton last night.

Officers were called to the flat in Rowson Street at 8pm after a female relative found the man's body on the floor of a room inside. .

The flat was cordoned off and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched.

The victim has been identified as a 44-year-old local man. Officers are tonight making efforts to contact his next of kin.

His death is being treated as 'unexplained' until a post mortem examination can be carried out to establish how he died.

An investigation by Wirral CID is underway and anyone with information should call 0151 777 2265.

Man 'fakes kidnap' to avoid going home to girlfriend

Police found the man at a party on Bolton's Shurmer St
Police found the man at a party on Bolton's Shurmer St Credit: ITV

A man from Bolton faked his own kidnap so he could stay out drinking and avoid going home to his girlfriend.

Last night, the 32-year-old arranged for someone to tell his partner that he had been kidnapped for ransom against a debt. The boyfriend then spoke directly to her, claiming he was being held against his will.

She called police, who launched a rescue operation - checking various addresses, trawling through CCTV camera footage, and tracing his phone signal.

Detectives arrested a man on suspicion of kidnap, before he revealed it was a "ruse" so the boyfriend could go to a party.

The supposed "victim" was eventually tracked to a party on the town's Shurmer Street in the early hours of this morning. He insisted it was a "wind-up". Officers arrested him, issuing an on-the-spot fine for wasting police time.

The girlfriend was absolutely beside herself with worry and genuinely concerned that he would come to harm. Rightfully, based on what she knew at the time, the matter was reported to police.

Considerable resources and time then went into finding this man, who it transpires made the entire thing up so he could stay out and party.

This is without doubt one of the most foolish and irresponsible incidents I have been involved in.

– Detective Inspector Jo Clawson, Greater Manchester Police

Driver makes lucky escape from car fire

The BMW ablaze in Davyhulme this morning
The BMW ablaze in Davyhulme Credit: ITV

A driver escaped from a burning car in Greater Manchester, just moments before it was engulfed in flame.

Zuber Lulat smelled smoke inside his BMW 3-series, as he drove along the M60.

Firefighters soak what's left of the car
Firefighters soak what's left of the car Credit: ITV

The optician pulled off the motorway at Davyhulme, as smoke filled the back of the car. He grabbed his eye testing kit from the boot and ran clear. Seconds later, the vehicle became a mass of flame.

Firefighters arrived minutes later to drench the blaze, revealing melted plastic panels and windows. The interior was reduced to ash.

Mr Lulat told ITV News it "had not hit him" just how fortunate he was to get out. He says he is gutted to have lost his "pride and joy".

Mr Lulat ran from the car before flames took hold
Mr Lulat ran from the car before flames took hold Credit: ITV

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