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04th Sep 2022

Olivia Pratt-Korbel killing: Man arrested for murder after nine-year-old shot dead

Tobi Akingbade

A number of people have been arrested in respect of this investigation.

Two men have been arrested over the shooting of nine-year-old Olivia
Pratt-Korbel, with one held on suspicion of murder.

Merseyside Police said two men were arrested this morning in the Runcorn area in relation to the shooting in Knotty Ash on August 22.

A 34-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He remains in police custody and is being questioned by detectives.

In addition, a 41-year-old man from Knowsley has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is also in custody.


Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “I continue to urge anyone who has information that can help our investigation into Olivia’s tragic murder to please come forward so we can bring those responsible to justice.

“A number of people have been arrested in respect of this investigation.

“However, we still need the public’s help in ensuring that we can a build a strong evidential picture so justice is served for Olivia and her family.

“With this, I appeal for those who may have information, no matter how small, that could continue to help our inquiries to contact us directly or anonymously and we will do the rest.’

Last month, Olivia’s family released a statement paying tribute to her and pleading for information related to her killing.

They described her as a “unique chatty, nosey little girl who broke the mould when she was born”

They said: “Although her life was short, her personality certainly wasn’t.

“She lived it to the most she could, and would blow people away with her wit and kindness.”

The family went on to appeal for anyone with information to come forward to police, saying “now is the time to speak up.”

“It is not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’ it is about finding out who took our baby away from us,” they added.

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