A woman found dead at a flat in Birkenhead last night has been named as 62-year-old Karen Wheeler.

Police were called to a property on Vittoria Close at around 7.15pm. Paramedics attended but Mrs Wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

A post mortem is due to take place to establish the cause of death.

Police arrested a 51-year-old man, who is known to the victim, on suspicion of murder.

He remains in police custody.

An investigation is ongoing and officers remain on Vittoria Close while CCTV, forensic and house-to house-enquiries are carried out.

The incident is being treated as domestic-related and detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Kevin O’Rourke said: "We are investigating the tragic death of a woman in Birkenhead this morning and have arrested a man, who we can confirm was known to the victim.

"Our enquiries into the incident are ongoing and if you have any information which could assist our investigation then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 with reference 22000326747.

"You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously."