Manhunt in death probe

Barry Morrow
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A FORMER Blackpool barman is being hunted by police after two women were murdered.

The bodies of Angela Holgate, 54, and Alice Huyton, 75, were found at a house in Southport on Saturday.

Police now want to trace Barry Morrow, 51, who lodged in the house in Fairhaven Road, Churchtown.

It is believed he could have travelled to France or Spain.

Mr Morrow, who at one point lived in the town, worked in the bar at Blackpool Flight Academy, off Squires Gate Lane, and it is understood he still has family in the area.

A Flight Academy employee, said: “He worked here about two and a half years ago for six months.

“But the club has been taken over twice since then and both times staff have been replaced.

“There isn’t anyone around any more who was associated with him.”

Mr Morrow is described as white, 5ft 7in (1.7m), of a medium to stocky build, with straight, short brown, receding hair and blue eyes.

Police believe that he may have travelled from Dover to Calais on Saturday evening and that he has connections in Spain.

Officers were called to the house by Ms Holgate’s son-in-law, who had found the bodies.

Ms Holgate is believed to have last been seen on November 26.

Mrs Huyton had not been seen since Friday evening when she went to check on her daughter, who had been ill.

Her husband, who is in his 80s, is said to be devastated at the news of the deaths.

Neighbours said Ms Holgate had lived in the house for about 20 years.

Chief Supt Nikki Holland, of Merseyside Police, said: “We are investigating the tragic deaths of these two women and our sympathy goes to their families.

“Detectives are investigating the circumstances around these deaths and are trying to piece together the women’s last movements.

“We are appealing to anyone with any information that may help us with this investigation to come forward as soon as possible.

“In particular we’re keen to trace Mr Morrow, who lived at the house for a period of time and who we believe may have vital information for this investigation.”

Neighbours said Ms Holgate, who sold Avon products, had lived in the house for about 20 years.

One resident added: “It’s a pretty well-to-do area around here so we don’t get much police activity at all.

“I saw there was a man coming and going from the house recently, doing the front garden, but I never knew he lived there.

“Angela and her daughters were always pleasant. She seemed like a lovely woman and they were a lovely family.”

Forensic experts are examining the house and officers are carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman confirmed Mr Morrow is originally from the Lancashire area.

He is believed to have links with Blackpool, but police said they could not elaborate on those for “operational reasons”.