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Southport murder victim named as Anthony Johnson

by Simon Boyle. Published Wed 30 Dec 2009 14:14, last updated: 30/12/09

A murder victim found dead after a vicious assault in Southport on Wednesday morning has been named as 47-year-old Anthony Johnson.

A major investigation was launched by Merseyside Police on Wednesday, after Mr Johnson beaten to death in Southport in the early hours of the morning.

Paramedics arrived at the junction of Lord Street and Eastbank Street in the rsort at around 4am, but were unable to revive the 47-year-old victim, who was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Emergency services were alerted after a female resident "heard someone screaming hysterically at around 4am".

She said: "A woman was screaming at people to phone the police.

"I saw a man having a brick smashed in his face, and that he had blood pouring out of his face.

"The police and an ambulance were there in seconds, but the man was just lying on the floor with his injuries."

Two men, aged 24 and 25 and both from the Formby area, have been arrested and were due to be questioned by police.

A post-mortem examination was being carried out to determine the cause of death.

Police appealed for anyone who may have seen the incident to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0151-777 3165 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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"Just heard today, Tony was a really super fella. Extremely saddened by this. My thoughts are with his Dad, Alan and family. So very sorry." Trevor, Chorley around 4 years, 5 months ago

"i knew tony through our love of american cars and shocked to hear what has happened he did not deserve this he was a genuine guy" tom, formby around 4 years, 8 months ago

"Tony was a true gentleman. He was a non aggressive person!anyone in southport will tell you. the scumbags who murdered him should be hanged." carlos, southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"Even if the scum get jailed, they will be out in 3 and big them selves up when they get out. SHOOT them and dont waste the money!" woody, southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"Condolences to the family of that poor man i cant imagine how they must feel - but there must be something more to it than has been reported" LCDV DAY, Liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

"a lot of people saw what the murdering scumbags did innocent my arse i hope they DIE in prison on a spit roast" paul, liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

"The lad is innocent till proven guilty!" Will, Liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

"Tonys name was ANTONY not anthony, Enough said! apart from john, you do not know what happened! Tony is a hero, you are a w*nker, a big 1 " vicky, southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"my heart gos out to Mr Johnsons family i can not begin to imaginw what you are going through xxx" nicola, southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"How very very sad. Thoughts are with family RIP" Bridie, Hampshire around 4 years, 8 months ago

"I too am totally disgusted by this attack,by three total thugs!!!! Hope they find them and throw away the key. " sarah, wigan around 4 years, 8 months ago

"message to john from liverpool,it doesnt matter what went on,nobody deserves to be murdered you prat.u r obviously some thug yourself" lisa, lord st southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"message to john from liverpool,it doesnt matter what went on,nobody deserves to be murdered you prat.u r obviously some thug yourself" lisa, lord st southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"John L/Pool, I dont see many circumstances that could justify a 47 year old man being bricked to death on a city street by three men, do you" Jon, Skelmersdale around 4 years, 8 months ago

"I know the cousin of the deceased, since he is a family friend. I say that this murder is an outrage, and i say that they shud die in prisn" unknown, southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"I am disgusted at this murder, my prayers and condolences go out to Mr. Johnsons family. Being from Formby I am disgusted!! RIP" PS, Formby around 4 years, 8 months ago

"I was his daughters friend and i can't believe anyone would do such a horrible thing, he was a lovely man and always made everyone smile, x" Maddie, Southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"I have known Tony for 30 years & i can say with no doubt that he would not pick a fight, nor would he run away from one, genuine nice guy." Martin, Southport around 4 years, 8 months ago

"just heartbreaking. RIP Tony. Sympathy to his children and family. xxx" janet, liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

"whatever happened, there is always a resolution to any problem that doesnt mean someone has to be murdered..how about TALKING a problem out" Claire, Cheshire around 4 years, 8 months ago

"I can't think of many mitigating circumstances which would mean that they weren't 'the usual scumbags'" Martin, Liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

"You don't know what went on, or what it was about, so leave it out until then" john, Liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

"The usual scumbags!! if they cant get a bird on a night out they decide to kick a man there dads age to death" ian, liverpool around 4 years, 8 months ago

 
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