Second man arrested on suspicion of killing nine-year-old boy in Liverpool

Second man arrested on suspicion of killing nine-year-old boy in Liverpool
Second man arrested on suspicion of killing nine-year-old boy in Liverpool

A 33-year-old man has become the second person arrested on suspicion of the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool.

Merseyside Police said armed officers arrested the man in Lunsford Road, Dovecot on Friday afternoon.

He was also arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder and remains in custody for questioning, the force said.

A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “The investigation into Olivia’s tragic murder is ongoing and we have yet to build a strong evidentiary picture so that we can bring those responsible to justice.”

Earlier on Friday evening, detectives released an image of a black Audi Q3 which was believed to have transported the intended shooting target, Joseph Nee, to hospital.

They also released footage of the first suspect arrested, suspected in the murder of Olivia, a 36-year-old Huyton-area man who was detained on Thursday. He also remains in custody.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot and killed Monday night at her Kingsheath Avenue home

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Convicted burglar and drug dealer Nee reportedly broke into the youngster’s family home when his mother, Cheryl Korbel, opened the front door after hearing a disturbance.

The killer chased him inside, shooting indiscriminately, wounding Nee and Olivia’s mother, Cheryl, and killing the nine-year-old. Her older brother and sister were in the house but upstairs at the time.

A man who was with Nee but escaped unscathed has now been identified, while the driver of an Audi Q3 who picked him up from Olivia and took him to hospital has also been questioned by the police.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said gun crime in the UK was a “major concern” as she visited the scene where Olivia was shot.

Ms Patel said: ‘Merseyside Police, in particular, have an exceptional record, in fact, of dealing with serious violence over the last three years, taking more guns off the streets, but also taking street weapons, knives in particular.

Joseph Nee was named as the intended target of the bullets that killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel


“Over the past 13 months there has been very little use of firearms in Merseyside due to the prevention work that Merseyside as a force has been carrying out, which is very important – and indeed , other police forces are considering a national level in Merseyside to review much of the prevention work they have carried out here.

It comes as Ms Patel said the Home Office would give Merseyside Police an extra £350,000 to focus on ‘getting guns off the streets’ and tackling organized crime. She has also launched a £150,000 ‘care package’ for residents of Liverpool.

Ms Patel has yet to meet Olivia’s family, but told reporters she was “contacting” them and said her thoughts are with them at this “truly devastating and sad time”.

In further developments, Det Ch Supt Mark Kameen of Merseyside Police described the level of support from communities as “phenomenal”, but continued to call on anyone with information to come forward.

“I am extremely grateful for the levels and volume of information we have received so far,” he said. “That level of commitment, that level of cooperation and that level of collaboration just has to continue.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel tours the venue in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool


And he added: “Once again, I would ask those operating in the criminal fraternity to probe their conscience around these three attacks and come forward.”

Officers said they are still looking for information about the shooting and asked people to provide all the information they have. The Merseyside football community has also joined the calls.

In a tribute to Olivia, her family said the nine-year-old was “a unique, talkative, curious little girl who broke the mold when she was born.”

“Liv was adored by everyone who knew her and instantly made friends with anyone and everyone. She was often seen going up and down the street on her new bike which she had just received for her birthday,” the tribute read.

He then called on anyone with information to come forward. “If anyone knows something, now is the time to speak up. It’s not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘weed’, it’s about finding out who took our baby away from us. Please do the right thing.

Football unites against violence in Liverpool

Liverpool and Everton legends Ian Rush and Ian Snodin left flowers on Kingsheath Avenue on behalf of Merseyside football clubs. The two club ambassadors arrived at the police cordon on Friday morning to leave floral tributes.

On the flowers of Everton FC, a message read: “RIP Olivia. No words will ease the pain or explain such a tragedy. Our city is united. Forever in our thoughts. »

A card on Liverpool FC’s floral tribute read: “Rest in peace, Olivia, with the deepest sympathy from all of us at Liverpool Football Club. You will never walk alone.”

Liverpool FC Ambassador Ian Rush (right) and Everton FC Ambassador Ian Snodin tour the venue


It comes as Aston Villa head coach and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he was “personally devastated” by the tragedy. The Villa manager said it had been a “difficult week for everyone at Liverpool”.

“I have a 10-year-old daughter myself, so I can’t imagine what the family is going through at the moment. And I hope the family gets justice soon. I guess the message I want to give is, do the right thing.

Two Everton FC players, along with manager Frank Lampard, have called on communities to come together. Midfielder Tom Davies said tragedies like Olivia’s murder “happen far too often”.

Everton FC boss Frank Lampard demands information on shooter who killed nine-year-old child

He added: “Enough is enough. Our communities need to unite more than ever. If you know anything about the incident, please inform the authorities. Gun and knife crime is not part of our city. So please let’s unite to help stop this.

Frank Lampard added: “Silence is not an option. Enough is enough. Which side are you on?”

Olivia’s murder happened during a wave of violence in the city, which saw three people killed in a week.

Council worker Ashley Dale, 28, was shot dead at an address in the Old Swan area in the early hours of Sunday morning in a suspected case of mistaken identity. A man has now been arrested on suspicion of murder in the case, while a woman has been arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender.

Sam Rimmer, 22, was shot dead in the Dingle area on August 16, and three people have since been arrested. Police say they don’t believe the murders are linked but are keeping an “open mind”.

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