Monday 27 February 2017

Man (26) arrested in connection with murder of mother and sister

Bernadette Fox, 57, and her daughter, Sarah Fox, 27, who were found dead at two separate addresses in Bootle, Merseyside credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire
Bernadette Fox, 57, and her daughter, Sarah Fox, 27, who were found dead at two separate addresses in Bootle, Merseyside credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire
CCTV image of Peter Fox walking through Lime Street railway station in Liverpool Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire

Detectives hunting a man in connection with the murders of his mother and sister in Merseyside have arrested a man.

Police wanted to speak to Peter Fox, 26, after the bodies of Bernadette Fox and her daughter Sarah were discovered at separate properties in Bootle last week.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said a 26-year-old man was arrested at Euston railway station in north London on suspicion of their murders.

The body of Mrs Fox, 57, was found at an address in Brookhill Road, Bootle, while her 27-year-old daughter was discovered at a property in Worcester Road.

CCTV image of Peter Fox walking through Lime Street railway station in Liverpool Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire
CCTV image of Peter Fox walking through Lime Street railway station in Liverpool Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire

Post-mortem examinations found that Mrs Fox died of asphyxiation while her daughter had been repeatedly stabbed.

The suspect was arrested by British Transport Police following a report from a member of the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rooney, from Merseyside Police, said: "I can confirm that a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of Bernadette and Sarah Fox and is being brought back to Merseyside.

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Police forensics officers outside a property in Wocester Road, Bootle where a woman believed to be in her late 20s, was found dead, while a woman in her 50s was discovered at a property in Brookhill Road in Bootle Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police forensics officers outside a property in Wocester Road, Bootle where a woman believed to be in her late 20s, was found dead, while a woman in her 50s was discovered at a property in Brookhill Road in Bootle Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police outside a property in Wocester Road, Bootle where a woman believed to be in her late 20s, was found dead, while a woman in her 50s was discovered at a property in Brookhill Road in Bootle Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police outside a property in Wocester Road, Bootle where a woman believed to be in her late 20s, was found dead, while a woman in her 50s was discovered at a property in Brookhill Road in Bootle Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police attend sheltered accommodation at Roger Arden Court, in Brookhill Road in Bootle, as a murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of two women were found at two addresses overnight Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police attend sheltered accommodation at Roger Arden Court, in Brookhill Road in Bootle, as a murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of two women were found at two addresses overnight Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Police attend sheltered accommodation at Roger Arden Court, in Brookhill Road in Bootle, as a murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of two women were found at two addresses overnight Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

"A significant amount of work has been carried out throughout the weekend with the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police and I would like to thank them for their assistance.

"I would also like to thank the media and the public for their support during the weekend, which has helped us enormously."

Detectives had previously stated that they believed Fox had travelled to the London area and CCTV stills of him at Liverpool Lime Street and Euston stations on Wednesday night were released.

Police warned the public not to approach him but to dial 999 if they saw him.

In a statement issued through police, a family spokesman 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.''

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