The family of Andy McDiarmid have issued the following tribute:
“Andy was a true gentleman. He was always willing to help anyone in need. If you have happened to cross Andy in your life, then this loss will be a tragic blow. A loss felt by family, friends, and countless others.
“Andy enjoyed walking, cooking, a sketchy bit of DIY, and most of all pleasing others. His love and kindness was genuine and sincere.
“Andy had a herculean work ethic. He was motivated and devoted to a task. He served in the Merseyside Police for over 30 years. He truly loved his job and all those he worked with.
“This loss will leave a void in many people’s lives. Fill it with love and happiness. It is what he would have wanted.”
Officers were called to a property on Oldfield Way in Heswall at around 8.45pm on Monday 24 January.
Officers who attended the scene found a man in his 60s with serious injuries. The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A 21-year-old man arrested at the scene has now been detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital for assessment.
A 54-year-old woman has been released on bail as enquiries continue.
An investigation is underway and house-to-house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are currently being carried out.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Nilsen said, “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Oldfield Way … who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact to us as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 22000056993 of 24 January.