Ashley Dale: Police arrest third person over murder of 27-year-old shot dead at home

Detectives investigating the murder of Ashley Dale in Liverpool earlier this month have arrested a third person.

The 27-year-old council worker had just been promoted at work and was “excited for her future” when she was shot dead in the garden of her home in Liverpool.

Cops and paramedics were called at around 12.40am on Sunday, August 21, where Ashley was discovered with gunshot wounds and died a short while later.

Merseyside Police said a 27-year-old man from the Dovecot area of the city has been arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of a firearm.

Detective Chief Inspector Cath Cummings said: “We have now made three arrests and extensive enquiries continue to establish the motive behind this attack, and to identify all those involved.

“Although progress is being made, I’d still like to urge anyone with information who has yet to come forward to do so as soon as possible.

“Please do not assume that what you know has been passed on by someone else, or that it is not significant enough to bring to our attention.

“I have a team of dedicated detectives who will make that assessment. Help us find justice for Ashley’s family, and for a community devastated by her loss.

“From extensive ongoing CCTV enquiries, we do know there were people walking close to the scene at the time of the offence.

“If this was you or someone you know, please come forward as you may, without realising, hold vital information to assist this investigation.

“Similarly, I would continue to ask taxi and delivery drivers if they were driving in the area between 12.20am and 12.40am and have dashcam footage to please contact us.”

A 25-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, both from Liverpool, were also arrested in connection with the shooting on Wednesday, August 24.

They have both been bailed pending further enquiries.

The latest appeal by police which stressed to the public not to “assume” that someone else has already passed information on follows a similar plea in the case of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

The nine-year-old schoolgirl from Dovecot, Liverpool, was also gunned down in her own home less than 48 hours after Ashley Dale’s death

Merseyside Police have not confirmed whether the two shootings are linked but revealed that they had made more than 200 arrests in the last week as they crack down on organised crime in the city.

Olivia had been standing directly behind her mum, Cheryl, when a masked gunman chasing his intended target burst into their home on Kingsheath Avenue at around 9pm on August 22.

Firing bullets indiscriminately at former heroin dealer, Joseph Nee, 35, the gunman shot Cheryl in the wrist and little Olivia in the chest.

Nee was arrested while recovering in hospital with gunshot wounds, for breaching the terms of his licence.

Police also arrested two men, aged 36 and 33, in connection with Olivia’s murder.

Today, a week on from the young girl’s death, Merseyside Police issued another desperate appeal to the public to help them find the gun that killed Olivia.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “I want to take this opportunity, just over a week on from Olivia’s tragic murder, to reiterate our appeal, as we gather as much information as we possibly can.

“A lot has already come in and we’re grateful to those in our communities who have come forward. But just because we have seen two arrests doesn’t mean that we need that information any less.

“Tell us what you know, directly or anonymously, and let us judge how important that information is.

“Something you might think inconsequential could prove absolutely pivotal in our work, so don’t assume we don’t need to hear it.

“I’d rather see the same details sent in repeatedly, than people feeling they don’t need to share it.

“We are still keen to speak to anyone with information about the gunman, and the whereabouts of the firearm used.

“Likewise, anything else you know needs to be shared as soon as possible: for Olivia’s family, her friends, the community, and for justice.”