Second body found in Southport after death of woman

Officer at the house in Birch Street
Image caption One woman was found dead at a house in Lonsdale Road and a second at a house in Birch Street

A second body has been discovered in Southport a day after a woman was found dead at a property in the Merseyside resort.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman found dead in Lonsdale Road on Tuesday.

Police said as a result of further inquiries, the second woman was found at a home in Birch Street.

Both women are believed to be in their 80s, although they have yet to be formally identified.

Merseyside Police found the first body at 17:20 GMT on Tuesday.

"As a result of further inquiries a second body has been recovered at an address in Birch Street in the early hours of this morning," said a police statement.

Increased patrols

House-to-house inquiries are under way and the results of post-mortem examinations on both women are due later.

Ch Supt Nikki Holland said officers were "following a number of lines of inquiry".

Responding to a suggestion that the deaths may be related to a burglary on Jane's Brook Road, she said the force was "keeping an open mind in relation to whether other incidents may be related or not".

She added that she wanted to "reassure residents, particularly older residents, who live in the area where these addresses are located that we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance and support".

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