Three men charged in connection with murder of Ashley Dale in Old Swan

Ashley Dale died in August 2022. Credit: Family picture

Three men have been charged in connection with the murder of a council worker who was fatally shot in Liverpool.

Ashley Dale, 28, was found with gunshot wounds in the back garden of her home in Old Swan, in the early hours of Sunday 21 August 2022.

The Knowsley Council worker was taken to hospital where she died later the same day.

She is not believed to have been the intended target of the killing.

Merseyside Police initially charged James Witham, 40, of Ashbury Road, Huyton, and Joseph Peers, 28, of Woodlands Road, Roby, with murder and possession of a firearm with intent.

Kallum Radford, 25, of no fixed abode, has now also been charged with assisting an offender.

James Witham and Joseph Peers have both been remanded in custody to appear at Wirral Adult Remand Court at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 31 January, morning.

Kallum Radford will appear at Wirral Magistrates Court on Wednesday 1 February.

All had previously been arrested as part of the investigation, police said, with 12 others having also been previously arrested.

Her death was one of three gun killings within a week in Liverpool in 2022, with nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel killed in her home in Dovecot on 22 August and 22-year-old Sam Rimmer shot in Dingle on 16 August.