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Man arrested on suspicion of murder and assault as police investigate 'linked incidents'

Officers were called to a report of an assault at Hardy Street, Liverpool. Photo: Google Earth

A man has been arrested after a woman was found dead and another suffered multiple stab wounds.

Merseyside Police said the 21-year-old was being held on suspicion of murder and assault following two incidents in Garston, Liverpool, on Thursday night.

A 60-year-old woman was found dead and a 54-year-old woman is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Officers were called to Vesta Road at about 6pm where the injured woman was found and taken to hospital.

The man, from Allerton, was arrested close to the scene.

Following enquiries, police attended a second report of an assault in Hardy Street at 6.40pm where the body of the 60-year-old woman was found.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA

"At present we are in the very early stages of an ongoing investigation, but we believe the two incidents are linked and that the arrested man was known to the two victims.

"The 60-year-old woman is yet to be formally identified and a Home Office post mortem will take place to establish the cause of death. Next of kin have been informed.

"Both scenes remain cordoned off for forensic examinations and officers continue to talk to residents and potential witnesses.

"I would like to reassure the local community that incidents like this are extremely rare and would ask anyone with information to come forward."

– Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Rhodes, Merseyside Police