Olivia Pratt-Korbel murder arrests after cops release CCTV of fleeing gunman

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool.

Police say a man ran into Olivia's terraced home on Kingsheath Avenue, in the Dovecot area of Liverpool, in an attempt to hide from a shooter on August 22.

Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the gunman while Olivia stood behind her and was shot in the chest.

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Convicted burglar, Joseph Nee had been chased into the house and suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body before being picked up and taken to hospital by friends while Olivia lay dying.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the shooting as an “unimaginable tragedy” and promised that Merseyside Police would get “whatever they need to catch those responsible”.

Now, Merseyside Police has confirmed that two men were arrested in the Runcorn area in the early hours of today, Sunday, September 4.

A 34-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He is in custody where he is being questioned.

A 41-year-old man from Knowsley has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is also in custody.

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It comes just days after police released CCTV footage of the gunman fleeing the scene.

Merseyside Police had previously arrested two men on suspicion murder and two counts of attempted murder but released them on bail last week.

Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Investigations, Mark Kameen, said: “I continue to urge anyone who has information that can help our investigation into Olivia’s tragic murder to please come forward so we can bring those responsible to justice.

“A number of people have been arrested in respect of this investigation. However, we still need the public’s help in ensuring that we can a build a strong evidential picture so justice is served for Olivia and her family.

“With this, I appeal for those who may have information, no matter how small, that could continue to help our inquiries to contact us directly or anonymously and we will do the rest.”

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