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Neighbour heard 'screams like no other' from John Lennon's former home before bodies of woman and two children found inside

Forensic teams have been searching the property in Toxteth Credit: ITV Granada

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of a woman and two children were discovered following "continuous female screams" at a former home of John Lennon.

Merseyside Police were called to a ground-floor flat in Falkner Street, Toxteth, at around 7.30pm on Tuesday after concern for the safety of the occupants.

Officers said the investigation was in its early stages, but believe it is "domestic related".

One neighbour described hearing "a scream like no other" coming from inside the home at around 7pm.

The man, who did not wish to be named, told the Press Association: "I heard screams - it was screams that make you sit up and go outside to see what's going on. It wasn't a scream of joy."

He added: "They were female screams and it was continuous, that's what made me go outside.

"It was a scream like no other. It will stay with me for a while, to be honest."

He described seeing one man being "rushed out" into an ambulance, shortly before police evacuated part of the street.

The property is regularly visited by Beatles fans on tours of the city because the band's manager, Brian Epstein, had owned a flat there, where Lennon lived with his first wife Cynthia shortly after they married.

Man in custody after woman and two children found dead in John Lennon's former home

The scene in Toxteth Credit: ITV Granada

Merseyside Police say they are continuing to question a man after the bodies of a woman and two children were discovered in Liverpool.

They have not yet been formally identified.

Officers launched an investigation after being called to a ground-floor flat in Falkner Street, Toxteth, at around 7.30pm on Tuesday after concern for the safety of the occupants.

Credit: ITV Granada

A 30 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Police say the property will continue to be examined by forensics officers.

They add that forensics tests are also continuing to identify a substance located at the scene.

Credit: ITV Granada

Neighbours said the property was regularly visited by Beatles fans on tours of the city as the band's manager Brian Epstein had owned a flat there, where John Lennon lived with his first wife Cynthia shortly after they married.

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Police appeal for witnesses to Toxteth fire

Police in Liverpool are appealing for information after an arson attack in Toxteth earlier this month.

Emergency services were called to a building at the junction of Windsor Road and Upper Warwick Street after it had allegedly been set alight on the morning of October 11.

There was significant damage to the building and detectives are now working with the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service investigators to establish the cause of the fire.

Detective Constable Kayleigh Greaves said:

“This is a community based project, that was nearing completion and this fire has set the whole project back and left the community devastated."

“We are working hard to trace the person(s) responsible for this incident but I would also like to appeal to the local community for any information. This is a busy junction and I’d ask anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area prior to or after the fire, to get in contact. I’m sure the community would agree that this is a very worth-while project that would serve the community it stands in and it’s a massive shame that it has been targeted in this way."

“Any information, no matter how small, could assist in our investigation – please contact Liverpool CID on 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Constable Kayleigh Greaves

Detectives release CCTV footage in hunt for rapist

Detectives have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to in relation to the rape of a young woman in Toxteth.

A 21-year-old woman was attacked on Beaumont Street in Toxteth on Sunday 19 July.

Police believe the man, featured in the footage, could have vital information which could help them with their investigation.

Detective Sergeant Paul Donaghy said:

"We believe that the man in the CCTV footage, who was wearing a distinctive sweatshirt with the Marvel logo on the front, may have information which could help us with our investigation and we would urge him, or anyone who recognises him to come forward and contact the Unity team on 0151 777 1382, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Victim's daughter killed by train

Police are not treating the death of Rachelle Owen, 16, as suspicious. Credit: British Transport Police.

The schoolgirl daughter of a woman apparently murdered in a violent attack two months ago has died after being hit by a train.

Friends of 16-year-old Rachelle Owen said the teenager ‘just wanted to be with her mum’ Kay Diamond, who was discovered dead in February.

Miss Owen died after being struck by a train close to Hoylake Station, Wirral, on Friday night. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Police activity at Greenhey Gardens after the death of Ms Diamond. Credit: ITV News.

"Rachelle was a beautiful, vibrant, loved daughter, granddaughter, sister and niece, who attended Hilbre High School Humanities College.

"She will be greatly missed forever by all of her family and friends.

"This is a double tragedy to our family following the recent death and funeral of her mum, Kay Diamond."

– Statement by Rachelle's family.

A tribute site on Facebook describes how Rachelle's death has left behind "many broken hearts".

Rachelle's 44-year-old mother was found dead on February 28.

The post-mortem examination found she died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Anthony Blye, 52, of Greenhey Gardens, Toxteth, has been charged with her murder.

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