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Merseyside Police set up support centre for those affected by the fire

The car park this morning after the fire Credit: PA

Merseyside Police are advising anyone affected by the fire at Liverpool Echo Arena car park to direct their enquiries to the Pullman Hotel, Kings Dock from now on.

Staff will be able to provide assistance, aided by the British Red Cross.

The temporary Reception Centre at Lifestyles on Park Road has now been closed down.

Police are once more reminding those affected to direct any vehicle enquiries to their insurance companies (quoting reference number 650 of December 31st) and not to call the emergency services.

Calling 101 or 999 with vehicle related queries will be referred to the owner's insurance company and will not be dealt with by Merseyside Police.

Merseyside Police remind those with affected vehicles not to call emergency lines

Merseyside Police are reminding those with affected vehicles in the Echo Arena car park not to call emergency services, but to contact their insurance companies.

At least 1,400 vehicles are believed to have been affected Credit: PA


Statement from horse show president after car park blaze

The Liverpool International Horse Show was taking place when the blaze started Credit: Liverpool International Horse Show

Nina Barbour, the President of the Liverpool International Horse Show made this statement, after the fire that took hold at the Echo Arena during the event.

It was with considerable regret that last night's final session of the Liverpool International Horse Show had to be cancelled due to a serious fire in a multi-storey car park near to the Echo Arena, and on advice from the emergency services, who worked tirelessly all night to contain and extinguish the fire.

I would like to express my immense thanks and gratitude to the emergency services, the Echo Arena staff, riders, grooms and support staff, the general public and the City of Liverpool following Sunday night's events.

The understanding of everybody who were preparing to celebrate New Years' Eve and were left in Liverpool with no transport was nothing short of remarkable, and the offers of help and support from people - they ran into the hundreds - for anyone who needed assistance will never be forgotten.

My thoughts are also with those who have lost their vehicles and possessions as a result of the fire.

All people and horses are safe and secure, and I thank spectators, riders and support teams for their understanding and co-operation during what was a difficult situation.

I am very proud of our own teams who pulled together in the most demanding of circumstances, and managed to quickly and calmly evacuate all horses from the venue in a safe and controlled manner.

We have worked very closely with the Echo Arena team over the last three years - their support and hard work has been integral to the event's success to date, and our thoughts are with them, and the city of Liverpool.

We are not going to let go of what we achieved in the first five sessions of the show, and we will be back to do it again next December.

– Nina Barbour, President of Liverpool International Horse Show

International Horse Show set for Liverpool

The International Horse Show is to be staged at the Liverpool Echo Arena at the beginning of 2016.

The event runs from January 1st to 3rd next year and will include show-jumping and other entertainments on the waterfront including a ‘Grand National’ of Shetland ponies and a display by six shire horses who will thunder across the arena.

The Horse Show is hoping be the centrepiece of the New Year celebrations in the city and is aiming to attract thousands of visitors and tourists.

Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said:

"I'm absolutely delighted that Liverpool is to stage a brand new, world class sports event. The city has a proud sporting heritage and to see the world's best riders in action on the Liverpool dockside will confirm our status as one of the leading global sports cities. It will be a great start to the New Year and the event will contribute a huge amount to the city's economy."

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool