Doorbell cam footage 'shows fight in days before Elle Edwards murder' - police won't say if linked
POLICE investigating the Christmas Eve murder of Elle Edwards have seen doorbell camera footage of an attack on a man believed to have been filmed in the days before the shooting. The video, seen by Essex News and Investigations, has been circulating on social media and appears to show two men chase another into the front of a residential property, before he is repeatedly punched and kicked. There is also a video of a man filming injuries to his face, with speculation about it being connected to the firearms attack outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village, that left Elle, 26, dead and four men aged between 22 and 33 injured, one critical.
Merseyside Police yesterday said it is aware of the footage (still above) but would not comment on any alleged connection with the shootings.
A force spokesman said: "We are pursuing a number of active lines of enquiry". Elle (below) was shot in the head at about 11:50pm when the men were also hit and injured. Video footage has also circulated on social media showing pubgoers giving CPR to one of the male victims. A 28-year-old man from Beechwood remains in a critical condition.
Essex News and Investigations understands him to be Kieran Salkeld, 28, (below).
Three other men shot, who have since been discharged from hospital, are also understood to include Jake Duffy, 22.
It is not clear when or where the footage was filmed.
On Friday, Elle's dad, photographer Tim Edwards (top image, left), appeared with senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs (top image, right) at a press conference. DS Coombs read a family statement on his behalf, describing the horrific loss of "beautiful" and "special" Elle. She said: "She was only just getting started. Christmas and our family will never be the same again without her. She was the glue that held this big family together, from all of us. "We will love and miss her forever. Our Elle May, the most beautiful and bright star out there, forever and always." DS Coombs also appealed for information which may assist her investigation team, but particularly on the location of the murder weapon and a black Mercedes car believed to have been used in the shooting. She said: "There's a big investigation team working on this literally round the clock. We have made loads of progress, we have spoken to a large number of witnesses, we have gone through a lot of CCTV and we are looking at a number of lines of enquiry. It's a very active and fast moving investigation. "What I would particularly ask people about is if they have any information on this black Mercedes that's involved in this offence. It was in the Lighthouse Public House on the night of the shooting. Any information about where it's come from or where it's gone since is vital to us. Equally, there's ballistics work ongoing, any information on this weapon, its current whereabouts, or its ownership is exceptionally important to us, please contact us."
Following criticism online that Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy had not been filmed or photographed publicly speaking about the murder, she today tweeted images (above) of her at the scene.
She wrote: "Been to visit the scene again and the mobile station.
"Emotional to read the 100s of tributes that have been left, since my last visit, by devastated family and friends of Elle.
"Spoke to members of the community who have all been impacted by the tragic events of Christmas Eve."
Three people have been arrested in connection with her murder, including a 30-year-old man from Tranmere on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. On Friday he was released under investigation but also recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his licence. A 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, was also released on bail on Friday, while a 31-year-old man from Tranmere, arrested for the same alleged offence, remained in custody for questioning last night.