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Family left without answers after man admits killing partner and daughter

Sharon Hayter and her disabled daughter Stephanie Owen were found dead at their home in Knowsley Village last November. William Owen today admitted killing the pair at Liverpool Crown Court. Speaking on behalf of the family, Darren Barnett, Sharon's brother said:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court. Sadly we will never know why he murdered Sharon and Stephanie, and we are left with the lasting emotional scars and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

– Darren Barnett, Sharon Hayter's brother

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Merseyside Police investigate as shots fired in Knowsley Village

An investigation is underway after shots were reportedly fired in Knowsley Village yesterday (Monday, 21 April). A member of the public called the police at about 8.30pm to Ross Close. Police made a full search of the area and found shotgun shell casings.

No-one has been reported as being injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Matrix team on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Knowsley launch campaign to highlight domestic abuse

A campaign is being launched in Knowsley to highlight the issue of domestic abuse this Christmas.

Domestic abuse can take many forms, including verbal, psychological, emotional, as well as physical.

Alcohol can affect a person’s judgement it can cause paranoia, mood swings and depression making people more irritable, impatient and intolerant.

As well as encouraging victims to come forward, the campaign is also asking offenders to look at their behaviour and make steps to change.

They're running a programme called InPact- Intervening in Partnership Abuse Change for Tomorrow. To find out more visit www.kdvss.org.uk and click on InPact.

Knowsley’s Domestic Violence helpline is 0800 953 4433.

“For many people, Christmas is a happy time of year but some homes in Knowsley won’t have a Christmas filled with presents, fun and laughter but with fear and abuse.

“There are no excuses – the Safer Knowsley Partnership has come together to ensure our residents have access to the advice and support available to help victims who are in abusive situations, as well as offenders who want to change their behaviour. Our message is simply - help really is only a phone call away.

– Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health at Knowsley Council

Murder charge over double killing

The murder scene in Knowsley Credit: ITV

Police have charged a 55-year-old man with murdering a mother and daughter on Merseyside.

William Owen, from Knowsley, is appearing in court.

Sharon Hayter, 55, and her daughter, Stephanie Owen, 29, were found dead at their home in Knowsley on Thursday. Both died of head injuries.

An air ambulance was scrambled to the scene, but nothing could be done for the women.

An air ambulance landed in a field, close to the murder scene Credit: ITV

Family release statement after Knowsley Village deaths

"Sharon was a devoted, loving, caring mother and sister. She was extremely proud of her daughter Stephanie and was devoted to her.

"Sharon was educated at All Hallows secondary school in Speke. She later attained a degree in Information Technology, which she utilised as a volunteer, teaching children with learning difficulties.

"Stephanie was a loving daughter who loved singing and playing music. She enjoyed holidaying with her family at Blackpool.

"As a family we have taken some comfort from the lovely response within the community and are appreciative of their support.

”We would ask that we are now allowed some space and time to try and come to terms with the tragic loss of our much loved Sharon and Stephanie. They will be sadly missed.”

– Family statement

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Police confirm two women in Knowsley were murdered

Scene of double murder in Knowsley Village Credit: ITV Granada

Detectives in Knowsley are investigating the murder of two women in Knowsley Village.

At around midday a man attended Huyton police station to report the incident.

Officers then went to a house in Home Farm Road and discovered the bodies of two women, one believed to be in her twenties and the other in her fifties.

A 55-year-old man from the Knowsley Village area has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with this incident.

He has been taken into police custody where he will be questioned by detectives.

The women have not yet been formally identified and the next of kin are being sought.

A Home Office post mortem will take place to establish the causes of death.

Detectives believe the offender and victims were known to each other.

The scene has been cordoned off for forensic examination by Crime Scene Investigators and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out in the area.

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