TWO women arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead inside a house on Sunday afternoon have been bailed.

Police received a report that a 46-year-old man had been found unresponsive at a house on Barnett Avenue, in Earlestown shortly after 2pm on Sunday, February 4. 

He was taken to hospital where he was sadly confirmed dead later in the afternoon. His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will take place to establish the cause of death.

A 52-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman, both from Newton-le-Willows,  were later arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. 

Warrington Guardian: A police cordon outside houses on Barnett AvenueA police cordon outside houses on Barnett Avenue (Image: St Helens Star)

A police scene was in place on Barnett Avenue and a cordon in place while extensive forensic examinations were carried out as part of the investigations.

A Merseyside Police spokesman confirmed that both women have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Warrington Guardian: Police on Barnett AvenuePolice on Barnett Avenue (Image: St Helens Star)

In a statement on Monday, Detective Inspector Jimmy Rotheram said: “Our thoughts first and foremost are with the man’s family following this unexpected tragic incident.
“An investigation remains underway in the area and our officers are in the early stages of establishing exactly what happened.
“While we have already made two arrests, our specialist officers remain at the scene as we carry out forensic examinations and review any CCTV footage in the area.
“If you live on Barnett Avenue and have any doorbell or CCTV footage from around 2pm on Sunday 4 February that may have captured what happened or heard anything suspicious, then please get in touch with us so we can continue our inquiries.”

  • Anyone who has any information on this incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101  with the reference 24000145442. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at