Police, Fire & Court

A year after a murder in Liverpool detectives appeal for information about car burnt out in Heswall

By Mark Gorton at

Merseyside Police detectives investigating the murder of Blake Brown in Liverpool have issued a new appeal for information, and remain particularly interested in a vehicle found burnt out in Heswall .

At around 10.20pm on Monday 24 October last year, gunshots were heard and a man was seen lying in Southwood Road, Aigburth. Police and ambulance attended and found a 30-year-old man who had sustained several wounds. Blake Brown was pronounced deceased shortly after 11pm.

A number of people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, but detectives are continuing to appeal for information in relation to a number of active lines of enquiry.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Tivendale said: “We are still trying to establish the movements of a white Range Rover Evoque with a distinctive black roof and white wing mirrors stolen from Column Road in West Kirby on Friday, 14 October. This vehicle was stored somewhere on the Wirral until Sunday, 20 October when it was driven through the Wallasey tunnel bearing false plates of PY12 XMK. Where was this vehicle stored on the Wirral for those six days? If you saw this distinctive vehicle being driven or parked up anywhere, let us know as this could still be key to the investigation.

“The vehicle was then seen parked in Moel Famau View off Riverside Drive around 9pm on the night of Blake’s murder. Two men got out of the car and were later seen in Priory Woods around 10.20pm, immediately prior to the murder. Where were the men in the intervening one hour and twenty minutes? If you were driving past at this time, or walking in the woods, did you see anything suspicious or have any dashcam footage. Any small detail could be vital.

“Immediately following the murder, the vehicle was driven away down Jericho Lane towards Sefton Park and found burnt out the following evening in Broad Lane, Heswall after travelling from Liverpool via the M56, in tandem with a BMW M5. If you have any information as to where it was stored after the murder and before it was burnt out, let us know. A year has passed since the murder of Blake but we remain as determined as ever to identify all of those involved and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 0800 230 0600 or leave information with Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111.

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