Elle Edwards killing: Man arrested in Wirral on suspicion of murder after fatal shooting on Christmas Eve

Elle Edwards, who was shot at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey, Wirral, on Christmas Eve  (PA Media)
Elle Edwards, who was shot at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey, Wirral, on Christmas Eve (PA Media)

Police investigating the fatal shooting of Elle Edwards on Christmas Eve have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Ms Edwards, a 26-year-old beautician, was shot outside The Lighthouse pub in Wallasey, Wirral, around 11.50pm on 24 December and was later pronouncead dead in hospital.

Merseyside Police confirmed on Wednesday a 22-year-old from Wirral has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, following enquiries in mid-Wales.

A Wirral woman, 23, is being held on suspicion of assisting an offender, the force added.

Police officers outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village, Wirral, following the attack (PA Wire)
Police officers outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village, Wirral, following the attack (PA Wire)

Both have been taken to police stations for questioning.

Ms Edwards is not believed to have been the intended target of the attack, in which four men were also hurt.

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: “This brings the number of arrests in connection with the tragic death of Elle to five.

“Although extensive work is going on from our dedicated teams across Merseyside Police and a great deal of intelligence has come in, I would still ask that anyone who has information and has yet to come forward does so.

“If they don’t want to speak to police directly then please get in touch with Crimestoppers, where information can be given in confidence.”

Three people have already been arrested in connection with the murder.

A 31-year-old man from Tranmere, Wirral, and a 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry, Wirral, were held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and bailed pending further inquiries.

Undated family handout photo of 26-year-old Elle Edwards (Merseyside Police/PA). (PA Media)
Undated family handout photo of 26-year-old Elle Edwards (Merseyside Police/PA). (PA Media)

A 30-year-old man from Tranmere, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, was recalled to prison on licence.

Anyone with information about the shooting can phone 101, direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter or contact the charity Crimestoppers UK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CCTV, dashcam and mobile phone footage can be uploaded for the investigation team via a public portal at mipp.police.uk