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Police arrest eighth axe suspect
Anthony Walker
Anthony Walker was attacked with an axe in a park in Huyton
A 20-year-old man has been arrested by police in connection with the killing of Anthony Walker in Liverpool.

Merseyside Police said they arrested the man on Tuesday.

He is the eighth person to be held over the 18-year-old's death. Five other men arrested over the axe attack are on police bail.

Paul Taylor, 20, and Michael Barton, 17, were remanded in custody on Tuesday charged with murder and conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.

The pair, who appeared via video link, were remanded in custody to appear at a court to be decided on 21 October.

Memorial service

Judge Henry Globe QC, recorder of Liverpool, indicated a trial was likely to take place either on 15 November or on 23 January next year.

Sixteen members of Anthony's family and friends, including his mother and father, attended the brief hearing.

The A-Level student and devout Christian was killed in an attack in McGoldrick Park in Huyton last month.

About 3,000 people took part in a candlelit procession and memorial service in Huyton one week after the killing.

His funeral will take place at noon on Thursday at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

The service, which is open to the public, is expected to attract a large number of people.

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