Teenager stabbed to death near house where man was gunned down

A teenager was stabbed to death this afternoon, just two streets from where a young man was shot dead in his kitchen last week.

Emergency services were called to Vincent Road, in Litherland, shortly after 2.30pm to reports an 18-year-old man had been stabbed in the chest.

Paramedics rushed the young man to hospital where he died a short time later.

Police officers quickly launched a murder investigation and have arrested a 17-year-old male on suspicion of murder and have taken him for questioning.

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The Bank Holiday killing comes just a matter of days after 20-year-old Michael Rainsford was gunned down in his kitchen just two streets away on Harrington Road.

It is not yet clear whether the murder investigations are being linked but this today Litherland was flooded with armed police for the second time since April 7.

Merseyside Police on Vincent Road in Litherland.

Armed police were seen carrying guns and shields in the area for over an hour before forensic officers started working at the scene on Vincent Road.

Multiple cordons were erected at the junctions of Robinson Road and Kirkstone Road North.

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Detectives at the scene were spotted knocking on neighbours doors in an attempt to speak to potential witnesses to the incident.

Many people in the area spoke out on their disgust at the stabbing with a number of neighbours also saying how shocking it was that another young man has been killed in the same week as Mr Rainsford.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Officers have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed this afternoon (13 April).

Today's incident happened just two streets from where Michael Rainsford was murdered last week

“We were called to Vincent Road, Liverpool at 2:30pm to reports that an 18 year old man had received stab wounds to his chest.

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“North West Ambulance Service attended and the man was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

“His next of kin has been made aware and specialist officers are supporting them at this time.

“A 17 year old male has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been taken to custody for questioning.”

Anyone that witnessed the incident is urged to please get in touch via MerPolCC, calling 101 or reporting anonymously via CrimestoppersUK quoting log 378 of 13 April.