Retired officer found stabbed to death at home

A retired detective inspector with Merseyside Police has been found fatally stabbed at his home.

Jan 26, 2022
By Paul Jacques

Sixty-four-year-old Andrew McDiarmid, who served for 30 years with the force, was discovered with serious injuries at the property in Heswall, Wirral on Monday (January 24).

A 21-year-old man who was arrested at the scene has been detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital for assessment, Merseyside Police said.

Officers had been called to the property on Oldfield Way in Heswall at around 8.45pm on Monday and Mr McDiarmid was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death as stab wounds.

A 54-year-old woman who was also arrested has since been released on bail as inquiries continue, a force spokesperson said.

Merseyside Police said Mr McDiarmid’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Mr McDiarmid retired from Merseyside Police in 2008. The force said an investigation remains ongoing and extensive CCTV, house-to-house and forensic inquiries were being carried out.

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: “Andy joined Merseyside Police in 1978 and spent 30 years with the service, working at Wavertree police station and in CID in Tuebrook, Huyton and Wirral.

“He retired as a detective inspector in intelligence in 2008.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Andy’s family at this tragic time.”

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