POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering Elle Edwards in a Christmas Eve pub shooting.
Innocent Elle, 26, was caught up in the crossfire of a deadly gang war in Wallasey, Merseyside.
Merseyside Police confirmed today they are quizzing a 22-year-old man from Wirral on suspicion of murder.
The development comes after enquiries in mid-Wales, officers said.
A 23-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: “This brings the number of arrests in connection with the tragic death of Elle to five.
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“Although extensive work is going on from our dedicated teams across Merseyside Police and a great deal of intelligence has come in, I would still ask that anyone who has information and has yet to come forward, does so.
“If they don’t want to speak to police directly then please get in touch with Crimestoppers where information can be given in confidence.”
The horror unfolded on Christmas Eve as make up artist Elle enjoyed a drink in the outdoor seating area of the Lighthouse Inn.
It is thought the gunman had been tipped off that a man he had a bust-up with a few days earlier was among the drinkers.
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As the area was peppered with bullets, Elle was tragically blasted in the head.
She was rushed to hospital along with four men but sadly couldn't be saved.
Elle's heartbroken parents released a heartbreaking statement saying: "There was no one as beautiful as our Elle May, her looks, her laugh and the way she would light up a room as soon as she walked in.
"She had this way about her that as soon as you met her you just instantly fell in love with her.
"Her laugh was infectious, anyone who was around her had a good time, she loved her life and had so many amazing plans for the future."
It continued: "Christmas and our family will never be the same again without her. She was the glue that held this big family together.
"We will love and miss her forever. Our Elle May, the most beautiful and bright star out there, forever and always."
The statement finished with a personal tribute from her father, saying: "My beautiful Elle Marlene is the love of my life and she is my world, my best friend.
"She will always shine and be beautiful and bright, my Elle has never gone."
A 31-year-old man held by police on conspiracy to murder was released by police last month.
Two other people arrested in connection with the horror have also been released from custody.
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One of the suspects, a 30-year-old man, was recalled to prison on licence.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference 22000948723.
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