Detectives investigating the murder of a man found dead in an alleyway in Kirkdale remain at the scene today.

James Richards, 33, was found dead in an alleyway between Harebell Street and Woodbine Street, shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, September 22, by a member of the public.

Both streets remain sealed off by police today along with nearby Reading Street, over 48 hours after the body was first found.

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A series of floral tributes and balloons have been left around the street sign on Woodbine Street in memory of Mr Richards, who was from the L11 area of Liverpool.

Photos taken at the scene on Friday show a heavy police presence in the area as the murder probe continues.

Floral tributes and balloons on Woodbine Street
Floral tributes and balloons on Woodbine Street

Detectives believe the 33-year-old was killed in a targeted attack but they are keeping an "open mind" over potential motives.

They are looking into the timing of the incident and whether Mr Richards was initially injured elsewhere before collapsing in the alleyway.

A 22-year-old man, who is from the Kirkdale area, was held on suspicion of murder.

Merseyside Police confirmed on Thursday night that he is still in custody.

Police on the cordoned off Harebell Street on Friday
Police on the cordoned off Harebell Street on Friday

A tribute left on social media described James, also known as Jay, as a 'proper legend'.

It said: "Cannot believe what am reading or seeing, R.I.P Jay mate a proper legend, well what I’ve ever known you to be mate from the day I came back to Liverpool ten or more years ago.

"Had many, many funny nights with you and the old firm thinking of your babies your family and friends. GBNF always shine bright like a diamond. Gone Way To Soon."

Another tribute said: "Can't believe that you're gone took to soon rip Jay Richards."

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In an earlier statement, Detective Chief Inspector Cath Haggerty today said: “Although one person is in custody, our investigation is still in the early stages so we’re very keen to hear from anyone who lives locally and saw or heard anything which may assist, or has heard any information since.

“We’re looking to establish exactly when and where the original attack happened, and therefore if the victim may made his way to where he was later found.

"Therefore, if you live in these streets or the surrounding area and saw, heard or captured anything from Tuesday into Wednesday, either on CCTV, doorbell or dashcam, let us know.

"We particularly want to hear from any taxi drivers who were in the area in the early hours of Wednesday that can come forward to support and with any dashcam."

Harebell Street, Woodbine Street and Reading Street remain cordoned off
Harebell Street, Woodbine Street and Reading Street remain cordoned off

Detective Chief Inspector Inspector Haggerty said the discovery of the body had caused shock in the area, adding: "This incident has caused understandable distress within the local community, and we will be in the area to speak to people and offer reassurance.

"This is initially believed to have been a targeted attack, but we are keeping an open mind as to the motive, and the precise details of when and where, enquiries which are continuing today.

"We are determined to identify all of those responsible for this tragic incident, which has taken the life of a man and left devastation for family and friends, who we will be supporting at this time.

*Details can be sent to Merseyside Police via Twitter (@MerPolCC), Facebook (Merseyside Police Contact Centre) or by calling the force on 101, quoting the reference 21000660162.

Drivers can upload dashcam footage to be viewed by police here.

The independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here

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