Merseyside Police have confirmed this morning that a man is still in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police were called to the Silver Jubilee Bridge in Runcorn on Saturday after reports of “suspicious activity”.

A member of the public reported seeing a man parking his car and acting suspiciously between 8.30pm and 9pm.

Officers attended properties in St Helens on Saturday evening before arresting a 43-year-old man on suspicion of murder. He has since been released pending investigation.

A second man, 38, was arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police say that he is still being questioned.

The latest arrest came only hours before divers from an underwater search unit began looking for evidence in the River Mersey.

Detective Superintendent Steve Reardon said: “I want to make it clear that our officers have not located anyone injured or deceased during the course of this investigation, but the behaviour of the man on the bridge and comments he made were concerning.

A joint Merseyside Police and Cheshire Police investigation is still under way. House-to-house and CCTV enquiries are being carried out and there is a public appeal for information.

DSU Reardon said: “As we work alongside colleagues at Cheshire Police to get a full understanding of the circumstances, and searches continue, we are still very keen to hear from anyone who crossed the bridge between 8.30-9pm on Saturday.”

Members of the public with dashcam footage are being urged to upload it here.

Anyone else with information should contact the Merseyside Police social media desk via: Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

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