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18 year-old who died following assault on London Road formally identified as his family pay tribute

19/04/2022

An 18 year-old man who died following an assault in Liverpool city centre on Saturday 16th April has been formally identified as Michael Toohey, his family have paid tribute saying he was “a beautiful well mannered placid young man”

Michael, of Oil Street, Liverpool, was taken to hospital following the incident at an internet café on London Road but sadly passed away a short time later.

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

A post mortem has been carried out which confirmed he died from multiple injuries.

An investigation remains ongoing and CCTV, forensic and witness enquiries continue to be carried out.

A 34 year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve McGrath said:

“We are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry and I would ask anyone who has not already contacted us, to do so as a matter of urgency.

“A young man has tragically lost his life and we are committed to finding the person or people responsible and putting them behind bars.

“This incident happened in a busy area of Liverpool City Centre at around 5.40pm on Saturday evening. We know there were a number of people stood at bus stops on London Road, walking past TJ Hughes or driving along London Road who may have witnessed this incident or a vehicle that was seen driving erratically in the area at that time.

“I am keen to appeal to those people to come forward so we can speak to them. Similarly anybody who may have mobile phone footage or dash cam footage then please come forward.”

Michael’s family have issued the following tribute:

‘My son Michael Toohey was what you’d describe as a beautiful well mannered placid young man, soon to be a daddy to a young boy who’s due in just three months.

Michael was academically clever at school and left Everton free school at 17 to go on to work with his brother-in-laws in a family business.

Michael loved going to the gym and going on long bike rides with family and friends.

Michael was always doing something for someone whether that be tormenting his sisters or teasing his nieces and nephews, he was such a character but never had a bad bone in his body, and never had a bad word to say about anybody.

Michael was adored by everybody who had the pleasure to meet him. His cheeky smile would light up any room, he was kind caring courageous and idolised his sisters and was a brilliant uncle.

Michael loved his mum and was never far from home he was very much all for his family so when he found out he was going to be a dad he was overjoyed.

Michael and his partner had only recently moved into a new house together to start a family of their own he was so excited for what the future had in store for them, Michael knew it was going to be a boy before anyone else.

No-one would have a bad word to say about Michael so when the family got the phone call to say Michael had been brutally attacked they had no idea who would be so cruel and that history was once again going to repeat itself on another young innocent young boy.

In 2003 Michael’s young cousin Johnny Delaney was attacked in Ellesmere Port and left to die days before his 16th birthday.

Michael came from a beautiful accepting family who would welcome anybody and do anything for anyone in need.

The family please ask if anybody knows or hears of anything related to Michael’s tragic death please come forward and prevent this from happening to anyone else’s innocent child.

A boy full of potential and grace has had his life taken from him and his family left devastated who could be responsible for such a horrific act.

Rest in paradise our beautiful boy. We will miss your cheeky face. Forever young Goodnight Godbless our beautiful boy Michael Toohey.’

Anyone with information on this incident can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000261976.

Anyone with any footage, can upload this to be viewed by police via the following link to the NICE website HERE.

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