A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a body of a man this afternoon.

The 22-year-old man was arrested after the body was discovered in an alleyway by a member of the public at just before 1pm.

The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene between Harebell Street and Woodbine Street, Kirkdale.

A 22-year-old man from Kirkdale has this evening been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody for questioning.

CCTV, house-to-house and forensic inquiries are also being carried out in the local area.

The investigation are ongoing to formally identify the victim and notify his next of kin.

Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: "We are in the early stages of our investigation into the death of a man in Kirkdale this afternoon and we would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward. 

"We understand the shock this will have caused within the local community and are doing all we can to establish the circumstances."

Det Ins Beck added: "We are carrying out a number of witness and CCTV inquiries tonight to establish what has taken place and so if you have seen anything or anyone suspicious in the Kirkdale area recently then please let us know and we will take action. 

"Similarly if you were driving in the area and have any dashcam footage then please review it and let us know if you see anything. Any information you hold could be vital to our inquiries."

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