Two arrests after warrant issued as part of Ellis Cox murder investigation

Police cordon on Grace Road
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Two people have been arrested after a warrant was issued as part of the investigation into the murder of Ellis Cox.

On Thursday June 27, officers executed a warrant at a property in Walton, finding a large quantity of cannabis and cannabis resin. A 54-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled Class B drug.

They were taken into custody to be questioned and have both been released under investigation. Although the arrests were unrelated offences, the warrant formed part of an investigation into the murder of 19-year-old Ellis Cox.

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Ellis was shot on Liver Industrial Estate, close to Taskers, in Aintree just after 10.50pm on Sunday June 23. After being treated by paramedics at the scene, he was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries. Merseyside Police are continuing to appeal for information in connection with his murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve McGrath, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Ellis’s family, and they are being supported by our specially trained family liaison officers.

“The investigation into his murder is making progress, however we continue to appeal for information, no matter how small, which could be vital to our enquiries. I would urge anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or who heard anything, to come forward so we can bring his those involved in his murder to justice.

“There would have been cyclists in the area at that time, including food delivery staff, who use the loop line, and I would urge those who saw something that will help with our enquiries to please come forward.

“I would appeal to residents nearby and motorists who were in the vicinity at that time to please check your CCTV, doorbell or dashcam for any footage which may have captured activity that may be vital to the investigation.”

Ellis Cox
Ellis Cox -Credit:Merseyside Police

Detective Chief Inspector McGrath continued: “Merseyside Police immediately responds to incidents involving guns and is actively working to make Merseyside a safer place to live and work. Every day our officers are carrying out warrants, open land searches and stop and searches to remove guns and other weapons from our streets.

“Communities need to take a stand and help us to make the streets safer. Information from the public is vital if we are to breakdown the organised crime groups who bring misery to our streets.

“Gun violence has taken too many young lives here in Merseyside. In the last 12 months saw the lowest number of firearms discharges in more than two decades, however we are relentless in our pursuit to take weapons off the streets and those involved in gun crime behind bars.”

Police have set up a dedicated web page to submit information or footage which can help in the investigation of Ellis’s murder:

You can also contact them via social media @MerPolCC or call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 24000554719.

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