Two arrested over murder of council worker who was shot dead in her garden

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a young council worker, 28, was shot dead in her own back garden.

Ashley Dale’s family say life has become ‘a living nightmare’ after she was killed in Merseyside last summer.

On Monday, two men from Huyton, aged 40 and 28, were arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of a firearm with intent.

Another man, 25, from St Helens, has been taken in for questioning on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The total number of people arrested in connection with the case stands at 15.

Ashley was found with a gunshot wound in the garden of her home in Old Swan on August 21.

Paramedics and police rushed to an address in Leinster Road around 12.40am, but were unable to save her and she died in hospital.

The victim’s family have said they ‘couldn’t have been more proud’ of the ‘loving, kind and articulate’ young woman, who worked as an environmental health officer for Knowsley Council.

On her birthday in December last year, her family said: ‘On what would have been Ashley’s 29th birthday, her loss is beyond words, the family have been torn apart and life can never be ‘normal’ again.

‘Her birthday being so close to Christmas made this time of year so special, but without her Christmas is going to be unbearable.

‘Life has become a living nightmare for Ashley’s parents, siblings and family.

‘Her loving, kind and articulate nature showed through with the number of friends she had. We couldn’t have been more proud of Ashley.

‘A huge hole has been left, life will never be the same again.

‘We miss you Ash with all our hearts, and vow that justice for ‘Our Ash’ will be served.’

Merseyside Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

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