Confronted child sex suspect stabbed himself in throat on Facebook Live video

A man who stabbed himself in the throat during a Facebook Live stream has been named as Stephen McLoughlin.

The incident led police to swarm a Liverpool car park, and saw them cordon off an area of the short stay car park on St Chad's Drive on Friday.

Distressing video of the incident, which took place near from Kirkby Police Station was streamed on Facebook Live.

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A DJ unrelated to the incident arrived at his shift working at a pub and said police had been everywhere by the time he arrived for his shift at 5pm.

He said a sheet was put up and the man was loaded into an ambulance.

The 55-year-old, of Kirkby, was today charged with five child sex offences, police confirmed.

The charges were:

  • Attempt to engage in sexual communication with a child
  • Attempt to incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity
  • Attempt to engage in sexual communication with a child
  • Attempt to incite a girl aged 13 – 15 to engage in sexual activity
  • Possession of a bladed article

McLoughlin was remanded into custody to appear at court yesterday (Monday).

Merseyside Police said in a statement at the time: “We can confirm that officers were on St Chad’s Drive following an incident this evening in Liverpool (Friday, August 26).

“At around 5pm officers attended an incident near Kirkby Police Station where a man was detained.

“The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his throat following the incident where he remains in a stable condition.

“A 55-year-old man from Kirkby was later arrested on suspicion of grooming a child under 14 and possession of a bladed article.

“An investigation is underway and a scene in place in the area whilst officers continue witness enquiries and examine CCTV footage.”

No update has been given on the man's medical condition after the incident, and the investigation is still ongoing.

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