Above: Andrew Birch from Skelmersdale who died in the crash

The 56 year old man from Southport who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been bailed pending further enquiries until 15 April 2015.

OTSnews will provide regular updates as further information becomes available from Merseyside Police.

Southport man arrested as fresh appeal launched a week after fatal crash

Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for information about a fatal fail to stop collision in Scarisbrick which happened one week ago today.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday 6 January on the A570 Southport Road near The Villa Café when a Peugeot Horizon and a Toyota Carina were involved in a head on collision. It is believed that a grey BMW was involved in an overtake manoeuvre, causing the other two vehicles to collide, before driving off towards the direction of Southport.

The passenger in the Peugeot, 46 year old Andrew Birch from Skelmersdale, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Southport Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead on arrival.

His 80 year old mother who was driving the Peugeot sustained serious injuries and remains in Aintree Hospital.

A 41 year old woman from Scarisbrick who was driving the Toyota was taken to Aintree Hospital with serious injuries where she remains in an extremely poorly condition. Her 15 year old son who was also in the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. Both families continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

A major investigation was launched and officers are continuing to conduct house to house enquiries, CCTV examination and forensic analysis.

Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm today (Tuesday 13 January) officers will be carrying out a roadside appeal close to the site of the collision. Occupants of vehicles travelling on the A570 Southport Road during that time will be asked to fill in questionnaires and given leaflets appealing for information about the collision.

Detectives are also keen to trace a woman who was seen walking her dog at around the time of the collision and are appealing for her to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme of the Force Major Investigation Team said: “It has been one week since this tragic incident took place and although we are making good progress with our enquiries so far, we are still appealing to the public for their help.

“We still want to hear from anyone who may have any information about the collision that could assist with our investigation. If anybody uses the road on a regular basis and has seen a grey coloured BMW being driven in an erratic manner we would urge them to come forward.

“For one hour this evening we will also be stopping vehicles travelling along the stretch of road near to where the collision took place to ask occupants if they saw anything at around the same time last week.

“In addition, we are particularly keen to trace a woman who was seen walking what was described as a husky dog around the time of the collision. She may hold vital information and I would urge her, if she sees this appeal, to come forward and speak to us.

“As a result of this collision, Andrew Birch lost his life just days before his 47th birthday and two women have suffered serious injuries. It has had a devastating impact on the families of all those involved and if anyone has any information about what happened then please do contact us on 101.”

A 56 year old man from Southport was last night arrested on suspicion on causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in custody.

Last week a 29 year old man from Southport was also arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed until March. Two other men, aged 22 and 24 both from Liverpool, were also arrested but released with no further action.

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20150106-0951.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

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Update: (Fatal collision in Scarisbrick) Southport man bailed pending further enquiries until March 

A 29 year old man who from Southport who was arrested in connection with the fatal collision in Scarisbrick has been bailed pending further enquiries until March.

Two other men who were also arrested, a 22 year old and a 24 year old both from Liverpool, have been released with no further action.

UPDATE: Fatal collision in Scarisbrick – Three men arrested

Detectives investigating a fatal collision in Scarisbrick have arrested three people in connection with the incident.

Two men aged 22 and 24 years old, both from Liverpool, and a 29 year old man from Southport were this morning arrested on suspicion of cause death by dangerous driving, burglary – other than dwelling and aggravated vehicle taking. They are currently in police custody.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday 6 January on the A570 Southport Road near The Villa Café when a Peugeot Horizon and a Toyota Carina were involved in a head on collision. It is believed that a grey BMW was involved in a dangerous overtake manoeuvre, causing the other two vehicles to collide, before driving off towards the direction of Southport.

The passenger in the Peugeot, 46 year old Andrew Birch from Skelmersdale, suffered multiple injuries in the collision and sadly died.  His 80 year old mother who was driving the Peugeot sustained serious injuries and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 41 year old woman from Scarisbrick driving the also suffered serious injuries including a broken leg and ribs and remains in hospital an extremely poorly condition. Her 15 year old son who was also in the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. Both families continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

Officers have today made a specific appeal for anyone who has a dashboard camera in their vehicle and may have been travelling on the A570 in either direction around the time of the collision to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20141213-0433.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

CCTV appeal following fatal collision in Scarisbrick

DETECTIVES investigating a collision in Scarisbrick which left one man dead and two women seriously injured have released CCTV footage of the moments leading up to the collision in a renewed appeal for information.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday 6 January on the A570 Southport Road near The Villa Café when a Peugeot Horizon and a Toyota Carina were involved in a head on collision. It is believed that a grey BMW was involved in a dangerous overtake manoeuvre, causing the other two vehicles to collide, before driving off towards the direction of Southport.

Sadly the passenger in the Peugeot, 46 year old Andrew Birch from Skelmersdale, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Southport Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

His 80 year old mother who was driving the Peugeot sustained serious injuries and remains in Aintree Hospital in a stable condition.

A 41 year old woman from Scarisbrick driving the Toyota was taken to Aintree Hospital with serious injuries including a broken leg and ribs and remains in an extremely poorly condition. Her 15 year old son who was also in the car was taken to hospital with only minor injuries and has since been released. Both families continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

At around 10.30pm on Tuesday evening officers recovered a grey BMW 335D M Sport which matches the description of a car that witnesses saw being driven dangerously at the time of the collision and failed to stop. The vehicle was discovered on Clare Walk, in the Field Lane area of Kirby.

Enquiries have established that the recovered car was stolen from Stokers Garage in Southport prior to the collision.

“This is a tragic incident in which Andrew Birch has sadly lost his life. He would have been celebrating his 47th birthday tomorrow and my thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme of the Force Major Investigation Team

“We have launched a major investigation into the collision and we are carrying out numerous enquiries including house to house visits, forensic and CCTV examination. I would re-iterate our appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward with any information that could assist with our investigation.

“I would also urge anybody who saw any suspicious activity between the time of the collision and when the BMW 335D M Sport was discovered in Clare Walk on Tuesday evening to contact us.”

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