Three charged with murder of man

Three men will appear in court charged with the murder of a man who was found dead in Liverpool city centre.

Stuart Smith, 33, from London, died during the early hours of Sunday morning following an alleged assault close to a number of popular bars and nightclubs.

Detectives investigating his killing arrested four suspects at Anfield during Liverpool's game against Arsenal.

Merseyside Police said detectives do not believe Mr Smith's killing is football or gang related or that he knew his attackers.

Emergency workers were called to Back Colquitt Street at about 2.45am on Sunday after reports that Mr Smith had been assaulted. He was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he died.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out by a Home Office pathologist to establish the cause of death.