A PRESCOT woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in the investigation into the murder of James Meadows in Huyton.

The 46-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession with intent to supply drugs after suspected cocaine was found at an address in Prescot.

She is one of four people arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old James Meadows from Huyton who was killed by a gunshot wound to his head in October.

Police executed five warrants at addresses in Prescot, St Helens and Huyton and made the four arrests and seized drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Bev Hyland, who is leading the investigation into James’s murder, said: “It is now over three months since the tragic murder of James Meadows.

“The investigation into his murder continues and I want to take this opportunity to ask anyone with information to search their consciences and come forward, either directly to the investigation team, or you can pass information anonymously through Crimestoppers, a charity completely independent of the police.

“We are still particularly keen to speak to anyone in the area of Lyme Cross Road on the evening of Sunday, 8 October, or anyone who saw a dark coloured hatchback car, possibly a Mercedes, on the Longview or Hillside estate.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information to come forward and help us bring those responsible to justice.

"You can speak to us directly or anonymously via Crimestoppers, which is completely independent of police.

"You can be assured that any information will be treated sensitively and we will fully support and give guidance to anyone who comes forward.”

The 46-year-old Prescot woman is being interviewed at a Merseyside police station alongside a 28-year-old man from Roby , a 28-year-old woman from Huyton and 19-year-old man from Huyton who were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 0800 2300600 or the Crimestoppers line, anonymously, on 0800 555111.