Murder arrest as man dies in hospital following Bootle street attack

The victim had been fighting for his life in hospital after being assaulted by a gang on Stanley Road.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 55-year-old man died from his injuries a week after being assaulted in Bootle.

Christopher John Molly passed away in hospital on Tuesday, following the attack on Stanley Road in the early hours of Tuesday July 12.

A 24-year-old man from Litherland was arrested on suspicion of murder, assault, burglary and criminal damage on Wednesday and remains in police custody for questioning.

A post mortem will be carried out to establish the exact cause of Mr Molly’s death.

Jay Byrne, 26, of Leyland Road, Southport and a 14 year-old boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - were previously charged with assault and theft in connection with the incident.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and a 15-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of theft. Both suspects have been bailed pending further enquiries.

A 12-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of theft and two boys aged 13 and 15 who were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent have been bailed pending further enquiries.