Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a St Helens man who was shot whilst out walking his dog.
Three arrests in total have been made in connection with the murders of John Kinsella from St Helens and Paul Massey from Salford as part of a joint operation between GMP and Merseyside Police.
Earlier today, Wednesday 30 May 2018, dawn raids were executed at addresses in the Heywood, Rochdale and Salford areas of Greater Manchester as well as in Cheshire in connection with both murders.
One man, aged 37, was arrested at Manchester Airport this morning on suspicion of the murder of Paul Massey and the murder of John Kinsella.
A 39-year old woman was also arrested at the airport on suspicion of assisting an offender in relation to the John Kinsella murder.
A 48-year-old man was arrested in Salford on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in relation to the Paul Massey murder investigation.
All three remain in custody for questioning. The families of Paul Massey and John Kinsella have each been informed of the arrests.
John Kinsella, 53, died after being shot whilst walking his dog with his partner on a footpath, near to the St Helens Linkway and the M62 motorway in Rainhill, Merseyside, at 7am on Saturday, May 5.
The offender, who was on a pedal bike, also fired the gun at John’s partner as she ran away from the scene. A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that John died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
Paul Massey, 55, was shot dead at his home address on Manchester Road in Clifton on Sunday, July 26 2015.
Witnesses have described the offender as coming from the direction of the Clifton Community Centre and heading towards Paul’s house. He fired a series of shots before walking back to the centre’s car park and then in the direction of the side alley between the car park and St Anne’s Church.
A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Paul died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Today’s arrests are the first made in connection with each of the murders and follow extensive inquiries by detectives from both GMP and Merseyside Police.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker, of Merseyside Police’s Investigations team, said: “Detectives from Merseyside have been carrying out extensive inquiries since the murder of John Kinsella just three weeks ago and have established a number of positive leads.
“We have been working together with both GMP and Cheshire Police and as a result of our inquiries were able to carry out this joint operation today.”
Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Today’s arrests have come as a result of a joint operation between Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police.
“We currently have two people in custody arrested in connection with the murder of Paul Massey and they will be questioned by GMP detectives.
“These are the first arrests that have been made in connection with Paul’s death and the investigation remains focused on establishing the truth and bringing answers to his family.
“Although the murders of Paul Massey and John Kinsella remain separate investigations by individual police forces, we will continue to liaise with colleagues from Merseyside Police as further enquiries are carried out.”