Olivia Pratt-Korbel arrest liverpool murder

Detectives investigating the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbell have arrested a man more than 100 miles from Liverpool.

The 34-year-old was pulled over on the M42, east of Birmingham – a two-and-a-half hour’s drive from the scene of the fatal shooting.

The driver, from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, Merseyside Police has said, and the vehicle has been seized.

Officers could not immediately confirm where on the motorway the man was arrested on Sunday night, but the M42 runs from just north of Tamworth in Staffordshire, loops around Birmingham to the south east of the city and ends where the carriageway meets the M5 at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

He is the fourth man to have been arrested over the weekend in connection with the death of Olivia, who was shot in her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on Aug 22.

A 34-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested in the Runcorn area in the early hours of Sunday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Two other men, a 41-year-old from Knowsley and a 29-year-old from Liverpool, are being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Warrants were executed at two properties in Liverpool on Sunday, officers said.

Last week, Detective Chief Superintendent and head of investigations Mark Kameen said that anyone hiding the weapons used in the killing “was in the same category” as the “vile man responsible for the murder”.

Olivia’s family also urged people to “do the right thing” and said: “If anyone knows anything, now is the time to speak up. It is not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’, it is about finding out who took our baby away from us.”  

The nine-year-old died after she was shot in her home when a gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into the property at about 10pm.

Nee, who was rushed to hospital by friends while Olivia lay dying, sustained two gunshot wounds.

He had only recently been released from prison on licence and will return to prison once he has recovered from his injuries. 

A post-mortem examination found her medical cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

A police officer tried to save her life by scooping her up and running to hospital with her in his arms whilst covering the wound in an attempt to stem the bleeding.

But despite his best efforts and those of the major trauma team at Alder Hey Chilndrens’ Hospital, the nine-year-old could not be saved and was declared dead around an hour later.

Her mother Cheryl was also injured in the shooting and is still undergoing treatment.

Police said two guns were used in the shooting, both “callously” taken from the scene by the killer. 

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.”

A 36-year-old man from Huyton and a 33-year-old from Dovecot who were arrested on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder in relation to Olivia’s death have been released on bail.

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