A ‘Birthday girl’ banner was spotted in a flat window in the same building where a man fell to his death.
Emergency services scrambled to Longmoor Lane in Fazakerley late on Sunday night after reports a man in his 40s had fallen from a top floor window to his death. Merseyside Police later confirmed a 43-year-old man, known to the victim, had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police closed a large part of the busy road for most of the night while officers worked at the scene. The road was reopened at around 5am this morning as officers reduced the cordon to just cover the three-storey property and the neighboring buildings.
The usual Monday morning rush hour traffic moved slower than usual as motorists crawled past the cordon trying to catch a glimpse of the property. The front door stood ajar and a blue tarpaulin was draped across the entrance covering the front yard and the railings.
At the top of the three-storey building a skylight was open while in the ground floor flat a banner reading “Birthday girl” was pulled across the window.
Speaking to the ECHO this morning neighbors reacted to the terrible news that had quickly become the major talking point in their community. One woman who lived near to the property where the incident happened told the ECHO she heard a loud “bang” and shortly after a mass of emergency service sirens.
She said: “I was in last night and heard a bang. At first I thought it was just kids messing about but then I heard a load of voices and came out and was told by the neighbors what had happened.
“The police presence was massive. I think there must have been 15 to 20 officers here at one point. We never had any trouble from those flats before so it was all a bit of a shock – it’s just really sad news.”
Another eyewitness said she heard voices just before the incident. She said she heard “two men shouting and fighting in the street “.
A woman who had come over to visit her mum this morning said she was told by a passer-by about the incident on her way up the road. She said: “My mum came to the door wondering what had happened as there were police cars everywhere but wasn’t told anything.
“I got told about it by someone when I walked up here just now. It’s just so sad – he was only in his 40s. It’s such a waste of life.”
This morning two police officers guarded the entrance to the property. A police forensics team pulled up shortly before 10am and could be seen taking photographs before entering the building. Detectives were also at the scene speaking with neighboring properties.
Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said: “We are in the extremely early stages of an investigation, and I would appeal to anyone who has any information at all to come forward. Investigations are ongoing to establish exactly what happened and our officers are at the scene while we conduct house-to-house inquiries and gather information.
“If you saw or heard any suspicious behavior in the area this evening then please let us know. Similarly if you were driving down Longmoor Lane and have dashcam footage then please review it and contact us if you see anything. All information you hold could be vital to our investigation.
“Anyone who witnessed this incident, or with any information, please contact us via our social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ or call 101 with reference 22000315871. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.”