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Police appeal for witnesses after suspicious death in Speke

Detectives are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Detectives investigating the suspicious death of a man in the Speke area of Merseyside are asking for members of the public to come forward with information.

The man's body was found at a property in Catford Green at around 7.30am yesterday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He has been named as 43-year-old Christian Wignall from Speke.

A 40-year-old man of no fixed abode and a 64-year-old man from Speke have been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody for questioning by detectives while the investigation continues.

We are in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Officers will be in the local area today speaking to the community and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard any kind of disturbance on the evening of Wednesday 3 January in Catford Green.

– Detective Inspector Steve McGrath, Merseyside Police

Man named after suspicious death in Speke

Police say they're treating the death of Christian Wignall as suspicious Credit: PA

Detectives have named a man whose body was found in Speke early yesterday morning.

Officers say they are treating the death of 43-year-old Christian Wignall as suspicious. His body was found at a property in Catford Green, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

A 40-year-old man of no fixed abode and a 64-year-old man from Speke have been arrested on suspicion of murder.


Jame's Bulger killer Jon Venables charged

Jon Venables Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

One of toddler James Bulger's killers has been charged over indecent images of children and his trial is to be held in private at an unnamed court, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Jon Venables was returned to prison in November after he was allegedly caught with child abuse images.

The CPS released a statement on Friday revealing that he had been charged and was to face trial.

The man formerly known as Jon Venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and will appear in the Crown Court.

In order that justice can be done, no further details are being released at this stage and the proceedings are subject to reporting restrictions.

– CPS Statement
James Bulger Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Venables and his friend Robert Thompson tortured and killed two-year-old James in Liverpool in 1993 when they were both aged 10. After serving eight-year sentences, they were granted lifelong anonymity that saw them released under new identities in 2001.

Following his arrest in November, the Attorney General launched an investigation into claims his identity had been revealed on social media.

In 2013, two men who posted images they claimed to be of Venables and Thompson were given nine-month sentences, suspended for 15 months.

Breaking the injunction on identifying them carries a punishment of up to two years in prison.

Police sergeant from Wilmslow denies murdering wife

Leanne McKie Credit: ITV News

A police sergeant from Wilmslow has denied murdering his detective wife.

Darren McKie, who's 43, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 39 year old Leanne McKie, when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.

Mrs McKie, who worked in the serious sexual offences unit at Greater Manchester Police was found dead in a lake in Poynton Park, Cheshire, in September last year.

Mr Mckie, has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

He's due to stand trial in March.

PCSO says its a great honour to attend Arena Bomb ceremony

Lewis Brown at today's ceremony Credit: GTV

A special ceremony is being held in Manchester to recognise the actions of transport police and rail staff following the terror attack at the Arena.

People working at nearby Victoria Station were some of the first on the scene following the blast last May.

The Commendation Ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall.

Lewis Brown, who is a Police Community Support Officer, says it is a great honour to be invited.

Domestic violence survivor offers help to others.

A woman who suffered a violent attack at the hands of her then boyfriend, is hoping to help other victims of domestic violence.

Katie Walker's partner was jailed after breaking every bone in her face.

The hairdresser is now setting up a charity in Liverpool after winning a Pride of Britain Award:


WATCH: Memorial garden created for teenager killed in Manchester attack

A garden is being created in memory of Nell Jones, one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Nell, who was 14, grew up in Holmes Chapel, in Cheshire, and attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where the garden is being created.

Nell's family says the support of the community will help them through their first Christmas without her.

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WATCH: Teen injured in Manchester attack visits medical staff who saved her

A teenager from Wigan who was seriously injured in the Manchester attack has said a special thank you to the hospital staff who saved her.

18-year-old Lucy Jarvis has had more than 50 hours of surgery at Salford Royal hospital.

And she's been delivering a little bit of Christmas cheer to doctors and nurses there.

Police seek scrambler bike rider after assault in Kirkby

Police are hunting the rider of a scrambler bike Credit: PA

Detectives in Kirkby are seeking a scrambler bike rider after a vulnerable man was assaulted on Saturday.

Officers were called to Bigdale Drive at 3.30. p.m. after a report that a 66-year-old man had been kicked and knocked to the floor by a man who was riding a scrambler bike on the pavement.

The man sustained bruising to the leg and was assessed by paramedics at home.

This incident again highlights the fact that people who ride scrambler bikes on our roads and even pavements in a criminal, reckless and anti-social manner show a complete disregard for public safety. They will never be tolerated by Merseyside Police and our partners.

We know how strongly members of our communities feel about these incidents and we will continue to take positive action to seize those bikes we believe are being used illegally on our roads, and bring those responsible to justice. I would encourage people to pass on information which allows us to find those bikes and those who ride them.

We will continue to act on any information so if you know where these bikes are being stored or who is storing them, contact us.

If you have any information on this incident, please call police on 101 quoting incident reference number 0517322292, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector John Williams, Merseyside Police
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