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Son held under Mental Health Act

Published 21/04/2015

Sarah Fox, 27, was found dead in Bootle, Merseyside
Sarah Fox, 27, was found dead in Bootle, Merseyside

The 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the murders of his mother and sister has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Peter Fox, from Liverpool, was arrested at London's Euston station on suspicion of murdering Bernadette Fox, 57, and his sister Sarah, 27, following a nationwide manhunt.

Sarah's body was discovered at a property in Worcester Road in Bootle, Merseyside, at around 9.15pm on Thursday.

Hours later, at 4am on Friday, her mother's body was found at an address in nearby Brookhill Road.

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

In a statement issued through police, the family of the murdered women 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.''

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