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Published 19/04/2015

Police are hunting for Peter Fox after his mother and sister were murdered in Bootle (Merseyside Police/PA)
Police are hunting for Peter Fox after his mother and sister were murdered in Bootle (Merseyside Police/PA)

Detectives hunting for a man in connection with the murders of his mother and sister have released CCTV images of him as they try to trace his movements.

Police want to speak with Peter Fox, 26, after the bodies of Bernadette Fox and her daughter Sarah were discovered at properties in Bootle, Merseyside.

Fox is believed to have travelled to the London area and police have released CCTV stills of him taken at Liverpool Lime Street and Euston stations on Wednesday night.

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

"I am re-appealing to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister. We know that Peter travelled by train to London on Wednesday night and we are working with the Metropolitan Police to try and find him.

"Although we know he travelled to London that night he may well have gone on to travel outside of the London area."

He added: "Peter's family have been left devastated by the deaths of Bernadette and Sarah and they would also urge Peter to come forward to help the detectives investigating these murders."

The body of Bernadette Fox, 57, was found at an address in Brookhill Road, Bootle, at 4am on Friday, while her 27-year-old daughter was discovered at a property in Worcester Road at around 9.15pm on Thursday.

Post-mortem examinations found Mrs Fox died of asphyxiation while her daughter was repeatedly stabbed.

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."

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.

Police warned the public not to approach Fox but to dial 999 if they see him.

Anyone with information on the murders is urged to call police on 0151 777 3802 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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