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  • Police appeal for witnesses over man’s death in house fire

    Tom Martin

    POLICE are continuing to appeal for potential witnesses after a man died in a house fire in Thornton.

    The man, who was aged in his 60s, died after the fire at his house on Saffron Mews at around 7am on Saturday, August 10.

    The Champion reported last week how a 50-year-old woman from Formby was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and has been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

    Police are particularly interested in speaking to two women who were with a young girl the previous evening on the small cul-de-sac.

    Detective Inspector Gary Stratton is leading the investigation, and said: “We are currently trying to identify two women who were with a young girl aged around nine in the area of Saffron Mews, at around 5.45pm on Friday, August 9, the afternoon before this tragic incident.

    “I want to emphasise that these women are not being treated as suspects, but we need to speak with them to find out if they saw or heard anything suspicious or called at the address in question on Friday.

    “I would also ask anyone else to come forward with any information on this incident.

    “Regardless of how insignificant you think it is, a small detail could be the key to this investigation, so let us assess what you know.”

    Detective Inspector Stratton also wanted to praise firefighters and members of the public who bravely tried to rescue the victim from the house blaze.

    He added: “I also want to highlight the bravery of Merseyside Fire and Rescue officers, and of those members of the public who attempted to rescue the victim.

    “They are a credit to their communities and did all they possibly could to help in this desperate situation.”

    Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100443197 or via CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.

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