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Touching tributes were left at the end of a road near where a 33-year-old man described as a ‘proper legend’ was found dead.

The victim, who police have tonight confirmed is James Richards, 33, of the L11 area, was found dead in an alleyway in Kirkdale shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, September 22, by a member of the public passing by.

He was found in a passage between Harebell Street and Woodbine Street, which both lie off Stanley Road.

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As police maintained a heavy presence in the area today, tributes were paid across social media and also at the scene.

A number of balloons and bouquets of flowers have been left within the police cordon on the Woodbine Street sign.

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A tribute left on social media described James, also known as Jay, as a ‘proper legend’.

It said: “Cannot believe what am reading or seeing, R.I.P Jay mate a proper legend, well what I’ve ever known you to be mate from the day I came back to Liverpool ten or more years ago.

“Had many, many funny nights with you and the old firm thinking of your babies your family and friends. GBNF always shine bright like a diamond. Gone Way To Soon.”

Another tribute said: “Can’t believe that you’re gone took to soon rip Jay Richards.”

Detectives made an arrest in connection with the investigation on Wednesday evening.

A 22-year-old man, who is from the Kirkdale area, was held on suspicion of murder.

Merseyside Police has confirmed he is still in custody.

Inquiries continued in the area today, with Reading Street, Woodbine Street and Harebell Street cordoned off and officers patrolling the area.

Last night, Detective Inspector Jennie Beck appealed for witnesses to come forward and said: “We understand the shock this will have caused within the local community and are doing all we can to establish the circumstances.”

“We are carrying out a number of witness and CCTV enquiries tonight to establish what has taken place and so if you have seen anything or anyone suspicious in the Kirkdale area recently then please let us know and we will take action.”

Details can be sent to Merseyside Police via Twitter (@MerPolCC), Facebook (Merseyside Police Contact Centre) or by calling the force on 101, quoting the reference 21000660162.

Drivers can upload dashcam footage to be viewed by police here.

The independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.



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