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Police name men charged with murder of Ashley Dale


Jan 31, 2023

POLICE have charged two men in connection with the murder of Ashley Dale.

At around 12.40am on Sunday, August 21, officers were called to an address in Leinster Road, Liverpool, following reports of concern for a woman at the property.

Emergency services attended and found Ashley in the rear garden with a gunshot wound to her body.

Ashley, a 28-year-old Environmental Health officer at Knowsley Council, was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later.

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15 people have been arrested as part of the murder investigation (Image: Merseyside Police) Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

Two men were re-arrested as part of the tragic case last night (Monday, January 30), and have now been charged on suspicion of murder.

The Crown Prosecution Service authorised officers to charge James Witham, 40, of Ashbury Road, Huyton and Joseph Peers, 28, of Woodlands Road, Roby, with murder and possession of a firearm with intent.

They have both been remanded in custody to appear at Wirral adult remand court this morning, Tuesday 31st January.

A 25-year-old man from St Helens has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, and remains in custody.

The man has previously been arrested as part of the investigation.

Police are continuing to encourage people to come forward with information to the investigation team through the online portal here.

You can also contact us via social media @MerPolCC or call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 22000615873.

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