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Double murder suspect 'in London'

Published 18/04/2015

Police outside a property in Wocester Road, Bootle, where Sarah Fox, 27, was found dead. The body of her mother, Bernardette Fox, 57, was discovered at another property nearby
Police outside a property in Wocester Road, Bootle, where Sarah Fox, 27, was found dead. The body of her mother, Bernardette Fox, 57, was discovered at another property nearby

Police hunting for a man wanted in connection with the murders of his mother and sister believe he may have travelled to the London area.

Bernadette Fox, 57, and her daughter Sarah Fox, 27, were found dead within hours of each other at two separate addresses in Bootle, Merseyside.

Their family say they are "absolutely devastated at their loss" and are struggling to come to terms with their deaths.

Merseyside Police said Mrs Fox died of asphyxiation, while her daughter was repeatedly stabbed.

Detectives are now hunting for Peter Fox, 26, the son and brother of the victims, in connection with the double murder and believe he may have travelled towards the capital.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rooney said: "We are currently trying to trace Peter Fox, the 26-year-old son of Bernadette, as he could have information which could assist with our investigation.

"I would appeal to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister.

"We believe that Peter could possibly be in the London area and are working with the Metropolitan Police to try and find him."

Mrs Fox's body was found at an address in Brookhill Road, Bootle, at 4am yesterday, while her daughter's was discovered at a property in Worcester Road, Bootle, at around 9.15pm on Thursday.

The family urged anyone with information about the incident to contact police to help them "find justice for Bernadette and Sarah".

In a statement issued through police, a family spokesman said: "We are absolutely devastated following the loss of Bernadette and Sarah and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened to them both.

"Bernadette, who was a mother of three and grandmother of three, was a very outgoing and lovely person who wouldn't harm anyone. In fact she only ever had nice things to say about people. She was so caring and would help anyone.

"And Sarah was loved by her family and well-liked by her friends and neighbours. She was a fantastic aunty and was a cheeky, bubbly and outgoing person who loved her dog. They will both be greatly missed.

"We would ask that people appreciate that this is a sad and tragic time for the family and that we are left alone to grieve in peace, whilst we try to understand what has happened."

Fox is described as white, between 5ft 2in and 5ft 5in and of slight build with short, dark hair - no longer shaved - and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.

Both properties remain sealed off while forensic investigators carry out searches, and detectives are also looking for CCTV footage.

Police asked the public to help find Fox but urged them not to approach him, but instead call 999.

Mr Rooney added: "I would like to reassure residents who live in the Bootle area where these addresses are located that we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance and support."

Anyone with information on the murders is urged to call police on 0151 777 3802 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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