Police raced to Birkdale Common, Waterloo Road, Southport, at 5:30pm tonight (Friday 4th January 2013) after an off duty PC reported hearing a woman screaming on the common as he was walking past.

Concerned for public safety he call colleagues.

They arrived on scene within minutes and searched the area to no avail.

They questioned the occupants of a Land Rover that was parked nearby but they could not help police with their enquiries. Police left the scene a short time later.

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