Wirral fishing fight victim was drowned, say police

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The man who was killed at a fishing lake on Sunday in Bebington was drowned, say police.

Tributes were today paid to Barry O’Reilly who died after a reported fight between two men at Claremont Farm fisheries on Sunday morning.

Emergency services rushed to the beauty spot, off Old Clatterbridge Lane, at around 9.20am after witnesses said people were involved in a violent bust-up , which had ended up in the water.

Now, a post mortem examination has revealed Mr O’Reilly, 37, who was named for the first time this afternoon, had drowned. This is a preliminary finding.

343B22DB00000578-3592473-image-a-3_1463387244494Detectives still have a 28-year-old man, from Bebington , in custody, who is being quizzed on suspicion of murder.

He is understood to have gone to Claremont Farm with Mr O’Reilly, possibly going the evening before and staying overnight on Saturday in a tent.

Other anglers at the lake saw part of the fight unfold, which ended up in the water.

Shocked onlookers said Mr O’Reilly’s body was “soaking” as it was worked upon by paramedics just before he was lifted by air ambulance to nearby Arrowe Park Hospital.

In a statement, Merseyside Police said: “The family of Barry O’Reilly are grateful to the public for their messages of support on social media but have asked that they now be left alone to grieve in private.”

Anyone who may have information which could help detectives with their enquiries can contact 0151 777 2265, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.