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.
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.
Merseyside Police have confirmed that a murder investigation is underway following the discovery of two women's bodies at separate locations in Bootle.
Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan said officers went to an address in the Worcester Road area on Thursday night after calls about the safety of a woman living there.
The body of a woman believed to be in her late 20s was found with multiple injuries.
DS Keelan also said a further body was found today:
At about a 4am today (Friday 17 April) enquiries led officers to a property on Brookhill Road.
When no answer was received the officers gained entry. A search of the property resulted in the discovery of the body of woman aged in her 50s.
Both deaths are being treated as suspicious.
At this time the causes of death have yet to be established and Home Office post mortems will be carried out.
Formal identification is still to take place and officers have contacted the next of kin of the women. Family Liaison Officers have also been appointed.
The investigation into these deaths is at an early stage and although the motive is unclear at this time, officers believe the offender may be known to the victims.
An urgent appeal has been launched after two 12-year-old girls went missing from their home in Liverpool.
Leda Hassan and her cousin Kanni Rafiq were last seen at a family property in Arnold Crescent, Toxteth, at around 3pm.
Police say they are "increasingly concerned" about the whereabouts of the two girls, who are believed to be together.
Leda is Asian, slim, and around 5ft tall, with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green coat and brown boots, and was carrying a large black handbag.
Kanni is also 5ft with long dark hair, and may have been wearing a black coat.
Anyone who spots the girls or who has any information on where they may be is urged to call Merseyside Police on 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000.
A man has been arrested in Liverpool over the fatal shooting of a teenager.
Kevin Wilson, 17, was found by police with a gunshot wound to the back after they were called to the junction of Smithdown Road and Holmes Street in Wavertree, Liverpool, on Saturday evening.
Officers performed CPR on the teenager but he was pronounced dead in hospital.
Police believe it was a targeted attack.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm that a man has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of Kevin Wilson.
"A 30-year-old man from the Smithdown Road area of Liverpool has today been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and theft.
"He remains in police custody at this time."
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Two men have been arrested after a 17-year-old boy was found dead inside a house in Merseyside which had been set alight following a New Year's Eve party.
Fire crews discovered the teenager's body after putting out a " number of small fires inside the flat" on Tickle Avenue, St Helens on New Year's Day.
Police were called to reports of an assault at the property at 11.55am when they saw smoke coming out of the flat.
Two men, aged 22 and 25, are being questioned by officers on suspicion of murder.
Police have appealed to anyone who was at the party to come forward.
Police have named a man who died after his e-cigarette exploded and set fire to oxygen equipment he is believed to have been using. David Thomson, 62, was found dead in the living room of a property on Penkett Road in Wallasey, Merseyside.
Investigators from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) found that an e-cigarette that had been charging in Mr Thomson's bedroom exploded, caught fire and ignited the oxygen tube of an oxygen concentrator, which may have been in use by him. There was a small amount of smoke damage to the property, though the small fire in the bedroom had been extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. The exact cause of Mr Thomson's death has not yet been established.
A self-confessed fascist who produced more than a kilogram of explosives for planned bomb attacks on mosques in Merseyside has been jailed for 10 years today.
Ian Forman, 42, from Birkenhead, was first reported to police in April last year when colleagues at the glass recycling firm where he worked as a receptionist discovered he had been researching chemicals and explosive substances on the internet during work hours.
He boasted on Facebook of visits to Adolf Hitler's wartime headquarters and had spoken to friends about killing Muslims.
He was convicted of Engaging in Conduct in Preparation of Terrorist Acts contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 at Kingston Crown Court.
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One year and more than 200 operations later, the 20-year-old from Merseyside is one of the few people in the world to survive such severe burns and is dreaming of becoming a singer
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The south east, east Midlands,Yorkshire and Humberside, north west and Merseyside and the north east are still suffering from "high" air pollution levels, Defra has warned.
A fresh air mass arriving later today is expected to push the pollution eastwards over the North Sea.