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Man in town hall rooftop stand-off arrested

A man who took to a town hall roof in a three hour stand-off with police has been arrested.

It is believed he came down from St Helens Town Hall roof after an appeal from a couple due to get married there this afternoon.

A council spokesman said they will now inspect the roof and hoped the wedding would be able to go ahead.

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Town Hall rooftop protester comes down after appeal from wedding couple

Fire crews at the scene of the incident. Credit: Viewer picture.

The rooftop protester at St Helens Town Hall has come back to ground level.

It's understood a couple who were due to marry there appealed to him to let them have their ceremony.

The man, who had been throwing roof tiles to the ground causing police to have to cordon off the building, shouted: "Shall we let them have their wedding?" before coming down.

It's thought he was protesting about a housing issue - he had unfurled a blanket as a banner which made allegations about being evicted from his home.

The man was arrested by Merseyside Police.

St Helens Town Hall was cordoned off meaning today's wedding ceremonies were under threat. Credit: ITV News.

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Stand-off as man scales roof of St Helens Town Hall

Police officers are in attendance at St Helens Town Hall in Merseyside after a man scaled the roof and began throwing slates to the ground.

Merseyside Police confirmed to ITV News that emergency services responded to reports of a man on the roof at 7am.

No-one has been injured in the incident and the man has been in conversation with negotiators, police said.

The public and motorists have been advised to avoid Corporation Street in St Helens.

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Man on roof of St Helens Town Hall appears to be throwing slates to the ground

The man is pictured on the roof of St Helens Town Hall.

A man has scaled the roof of St Helens Town Hall and is throwing slates to the ground.

It is understood nobody has been hurt in the incident.

Murder suspect detained under the Mental Health Act

A man arrested in connection with the murders of his mother and sister has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Peter Fox,26, from Liverpool, was arrested at London's Euston Station yesterday on suspicion of murdering Bernadette Fox, 57, and his sister Sarah, 27.

In a statement issued through police, the family of the murdered women said:

We are absolutely devastated following the loss of Bernadette and Sarah and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened to them both.

Bernadette, who was a mother of three and grandmother of three, was a very outgoing and lovely person who wouldn't harm anyone. In fact, she only ever had nice things to say about people. She was so caring and would help anyone.

And Sarah was loved by her family and well liked by her friends and neighbours. She was a fantastic aunty and was a cheeky, bubbly and outgoing person who loved her dog. They will both be greatly missed

– Statement from the family of the murdered women.

National manhunt as mother and daughter killed

A national manhunt is underway tonight for a man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother and sister.

Police have warned the public not to approach Peter Fox, who they believe travelled from Merseyside to London this evening.

The bodies of the women were found at separate homes in Bootle. Sejal Karia reports.

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Murdered family member 'may have travelled to London'

A man wanted in connection with the murders of his mother and sister may have travelled to London from Merseyside, police believe.

Detectives say Peter Fox, 26, should not be approached by members of the public.

I would appeal to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister. We believe that Peter could possibly be in the London area and are working with the Metropolitan Police to try and find him."

– Dave Rooney, Detective Chief Inspector, Merseyside Police

Fox is described as white, between 5ft 2in and 5ft 5in and of slight build with short, dark hair - no longer shaved - and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.

Family of murdered mother and daughter 'devastated'

Bernadette Fox, left, and daughter Sarah, right, were both found dead at addresses in Bootle. Credit: PA

The family of Bernadette and Sarah Fox, a mother and daughter murdered in Bootle, Merseyside, today said they are "absolutely devastated" at their loss.

In a statement issued through police, a spokesman for the Fox family said they were still "trying to come to terms with what has happened to them both" and urged anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

It added: "Bernadette, who was a mother of three and grandmother of three, was a very outgoing and lovely person who wouldn't harm anyone. In fact she only ever had nice things to say about people. She was so caring and would help anyone.

"And Sarah was loved by her family and well-liked by her friends and neighbours. She was a fantastic aunty and was a cheeky, bubbly and outgoing person who loved her dog. They will both be greatly missed."

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Police urgently appeal for son and brother of murder victims

Detectives investigating the murders of two women in Bootle are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man who they urgently need to speak to.

A murder inquiry was launched yesterday after the discovery of the bodies of two women at two separate addresses in Bootle.

The women have since been identified as Bernadette Fox, 57, of Brookhill Road, Bootle, and her daughter, Sarah Fox, 27, of Worcester Road, Bootle.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rooney, said:

“We are currently trying to trace Peter Fox, the son of Bernadette, as he could have information which could assist with our investigation.

I would appeal to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister.

“I would also ask the public to help us find Peter as we need to speak to him urgently in relation to the two murders.

“I would stress to the public that if they do see Peter Fox, they should not approach him.

Merseyside Police reassure residents after bodies found

Officers investigating the murder of two women over two days in Merseyside have increased patrols in the area to help reassure residents.

In a statement to the media, Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan said:

I would like to reassure residents who live in the Bootle area where these addresses are located that we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance and support.

Officers and PCSOs are out on the ground talking to local residents in the area providing reassurance and support and if required security and crime prevention advice.

– Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, Merseyside Police.

Anybody who has seen any suspicious activity around either properties in the last week, has been asked to contact Merseyside Police's Major Incident Team on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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