Police quiz double murder suspect
A lodger wanted in connection with the murders of his landlady and her mother has spent a second night in custody.
Barry Morrow, 51, had not been seen since Saturday December 3, when the strangled bodies of Angela Holgate, 54, and her 75-year-old mother Alice Huyton were found at Mrs Holgate's home near Southport, Merseyside.
Police launched a Europe-wide manhunt for Morrow after he was spotted in France, and he was arrested in the UK on Thursday.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Merseyside Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Southport on suspicion of the murder of Alice Huyton and Angela Holgate in Fairhaven Road, Southport."
Avon lady Angela Holgate and her mother were found by a relative at Mrs Holgate's home on Saturday evening. Post-mortem examinations have shown that both women died from asphyxiation.
Mrs Huyton had been married to her husband Jim for 55 years, with Angela their only daughter. Mrs Huyton's son John - brother to Mrs Holgate - said the family was "bewildered and devastated at the loss of two very special people".
He said: "Both Alice and Angela were very popular and led active lives and had many friends. They meant so much in the eyes of different family members and held the roles of: great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, wife, aunty, sister and sister-in-law. The sad loss has had a severe impact on the whole family."
Morrow was last seen in Calais at 7.20pm on Saturday, after apparently catching a ferry across the Channel with Mrs Holgate's white Citroen, registration PN11 RWK.
Police have said Mrs Huyton and Mrs Holgate were discovered together but have not said where in the house they were found.
They have confirmed that the "indication" from the post-mortem examination was that Mrs Holgate died before her mother, but it has not been established how long before.