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Man held after body found in Southport

Linaker Street, Southport. Credit: Google Street View

A 31-year-old man has been held by police after the discovery of a man's body at a house in Southport last night.

Merseyside Police were called to Linaker Street in Southport at about 7.45pm, after a woman called police to advise she had found the body of a 33-year-old man at the address.

Officers attended and the suspect, from Skelmersdale, who was present at the address, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Van driver attacked in assault in Crosby

A forty-five year old man from Warrington was driving on Jubilee Road in Crosby when his van was driven at by several men in a white BMW. The men got out of their vehicle and assaulted him with a large knife. His attackers then fled and the man sought help in a nearby pub.

We believe this was a targeted attack. We believe he was attacked by at least three men who used their car to damage his van before attacking him with a large knife or other sharp weapon. A large scale investigation is underway. This man suffered extremely serious but not life-threatening injuries. Attacks like this are rare in this area and local people will be understandably worried. I would like to reassure the community that we are treating this as a targeted attack and not a random incident.

– Detective Inspector Rob Hill, Sefton CID

The man is now recovering in hospital where he is described as being in a serious but stable conditions.

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Image of man wanted for failing to return to prison

Paul Richards is wanted on recall to prison Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have released an image of a man wanted after failing to return to prison form day release.

Richards, who is serving a sentence for manslaughter, is described as being white, 5ft 9 ins tall, of a slim build with short dark hair.

Richards is known to have links in the Sefton area.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may know of his whereabouts to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3837 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Reports of fireworks and flares being let off

Two men have been arrested following a disturbance at Pontins holiday site in Southport

Police had received reports at around 10pm yesterday from Pontins staff and guests about a large gathering of men causing a disturbance

There were reports they were letting off flares and fireworks and that there was general anti-social behaviour in communal areas.Officers attended and a large number agreed to leave.Two men were later arrested for public order offences and are currently in police custody.

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Two arrested after fire attack

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after two cars were set on fire on Merseyside.

Police were called to Clent Ave, Lydiate at around 11.45pm on Tuesday night to reports two vehicles had been set alight. The house was also badly damaged as the flames spread.

A 20-year-old man from Melling was arrested and bailed. A 23-year-old man from Anfield is still in police custody.

Results from Sefton Council

Labour took control of Sefton Council - the first time the borough has been controlled by a single party.

It increased its number of councillors by eight and successfully defended seven of its own seats.

One of the surprise results was in Blundellsands, where Conservative group leader Cllr Paula Parry lost to Labour's Veronica Bennett.

The results in full:

  • Labour: 15 seats (48%)
  • Liberal Democrats: 6 seats (19%)
  • Conservatives: 1 seat (17%)
  • UKIP: no seats (2%)
  • The Green Party: no seats (2%)
  • Independent: no seats (less than 1%)
  • Trades Unionists and Socialists Against the Cuts: no seats (less than 1%)

Turnout was 33%.