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Last Updated: Monday, 21 July, 2003, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK
Man arrested in body parts hunt
Pauline Stephen
Pauline Stephen worked in Liverpool
A 26-year-old man has been arrested after the dismembered bodies of two women were found in a Liverpool alley.

Mark Corner, from the St Domingo Vale area of Everton, was arrested on suspicion of murder, a police spokeswoman said.

The bodies, which were found on Sunday evening, had been cut up and placed in bin bags in an alley in the Everton area of Liverpool.

One of the bodies is believed to be that of missing Lancashire prostitute Pauline Stephen, a 25-year-old mother of one.

Merseyside detectives do not know the identity of the second person but say it is a woman's body.

We will be handing out personal safety advice and personal attack alarms to prostitutes
Chief Superintendent Mike Langdon - Merseyside Police
Earlier on Monday Chief Superintendent Mike Langdon advised prostitutes not to use the area for the time being.

He said: "We will be handing out personal safety advice and personal attack alarms to prostitutes and encouraging the use of safe routes.

"Obviously at the moment it would be preferable for them not to use unsafe routes to ply their trade."

Uniformed officers were maintaining a high profile in the area, to reassure residents.

The body parts were found more than a week since Ms Stephen was reported missing.

Clothes, believed to belong to Ms Stephen, were also found close to the remains and her car was parked nearby.

Ms Stephen, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, failed to return home on 12 July, and has not been seen since.

Ms Stephen, who had a partner and eight-year-old son, grew up in Liverpool and had been working as a prostitute in the city.

Body parts found in alley
21 Jul 03  |  Merseyside

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