Murder suspect arrested in Ilfracombe

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- Credit: Archant

Armed police involved in joint Devon and Cornwall and West Midlands operation on Saturday

Liam McGerrigan, who died on Thursday

Liam McGerrigan, who died on Thursday - Credit: Archant

Armed police have arrested a man in Ilfracombe on suspicion of murder.

Joseph Johnson was arrested in the Belvedere Road area on Saturday afternoon.

He has since been charged with the murder of Coventry man Liam McGerrigan, 27, who was found stabbed to death in the city on Thursday.

Johnson, 25 and of no fixed abode and Michael Bullingham, 33 from Coventry, were both set to appear before Birmingham magistrates this morning (Tuesday).


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Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed local officers had been supporting the West Midlands Police operation to arrest Johnson.

Mr McGerrigan was found just after 10pm at an address in the Holyhead Road area of Coventry, where it is believed he had staggered after being fatally wounded in the street.

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His family have issued the following tribute: “When did silence become so painful? Our loss of such a kind warm sensitive soul taken from us in such a senseless manner has devastated us all.

“Amongst our tears... we find your beautiful smile Liam.

“Loving parents Paul and Linda, devoted step mom Sue, distraught siblings and soul mates Kieran and Sinead who’s worlds have changed forever.”

* Anyone with information to assist the enquiry is asked to call West Midlands Police Force CID in Harborne on the 101 number, or alternatively speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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