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Murder investigation launched after elderly woman found dead in her own home on Merseyside

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A murder investigation has been launched after an elderly woman was found dead in her own home. Police were called to Denver Road in Kirkby, Merseyside, after receiving reports that a woman in her 70s had been found unresponsive.

Paramedics were called, at about 11.30pm on Friday, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Merseyside Police said a 78-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He has now been detained under the Mental Health Act, the force said. A cordon is in place at the house as detectives continue their investigation. READ MORE: Feuds, fights, four Rolls Royces - wild life of Dougie Joyce READ MORE: Locals describe 'eerie' scenes after man hit by police car following chase Neighbours told of their shock after learning of the tragic incident.

One woman, a friend who did not want to be identified, said: "We used to do the knitting together. We were close friends. "We were all in bed [at the time it happened].

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