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UPDATE: Bootle murder victim formally identified

News   •   May 07, 2019 15:56 BST

**UPDATE - 4PM TUESDAY 7TH MAY**

The man who died following an incident in Monfa Road, Bootle, in the early hours of yesterday morning, Monday 6th May, has been formally identified as 38 year-old Lee Gerrard Atkins from Bootle.

Two men arrested in connection with his death remain in custody at this time.

ORIGINAL

Detectives investigating a murder in Bootle have arrested a second man in connection with the offence and confirmed the cause of the man’s death.

Officers were called to Monfa Road shortly before 1.55am yesterday to reports a man had been found with life-threatening injuries in the street following reports of an altercation. Emergency services attended and the man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 49-year-old man from Bootle was arrested on suspicion of murder late last night and has been taken to a police station for questioning.

A 41-year-old man from Bootle arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday (Monday 6 May) remains in custody at the time of writing.

Detectives believe that all parties involved knew each other.

A Home Office post mortem has confirmed that the cause of death was abdominal bleeding due to deep penetrating wound to abdomen consistent with a crossbow discharge. The crossbow has been recovered.

Enquiries are ongoing to formally identify the victim, whose next of kin are aware.

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 19100224604 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.