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Two men have been charged in connection with the August murder of Ashley Dale in Old Swan

Officers were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge James Witham, 40, of Ashbury Road, Huyton, and Joseph Peers, 28, of Woodlands Road, Roby, with murder and possession of a firearm with intent.

They were both remanded in custody and are scheduled to appear in Wirral adult remand court this morning, Tuesday 31st January.

A 25-year-old man from St Helens is still being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Officers were called to an address in Leinster Road around 12.40am on Sunday, August 21, 2022, after reports of a woman in distress. Ashley was discovered in the back garden with a gunshot wound to her body by emergency personnel. She was taken to the hospital, but she died shortly afterwards.

If you haven’t already done so, please forward this information to our investigation team via our online portal: Public Portal ( This ensures that detectives receive and act on your information as soon as possible.

You can also reach us on Twitter @MerPolCC or call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111, quoting reference 22000615873.

The Crown Prosecution Service wishes to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against James Witham and Joseph Peers have begun and that they have the right to a fair trial. It is critical that there is no online reporting, commentary, or sharing of information that could jeopardise these proceedings.

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