A man was arrested during a police operation in Huyton following a spate of shootings in the area.
Shots were fired on Woolfall Crescent during the early hours of Sunday morning, which was followed by a separate shooting in Reeds Road at around 7pm when a man was targeted in the street. Nobody was hurt although shots hit a nearby house where there were children inside.
Police released CCTV earlier this week which showed two figures on a bike. The pair, both dressed in black, can be seen riding down Reeds Road at around 7pm. Officers want to speak to both men who they believe may hold valuable information in relation to the Reeds Road incident.
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Yesterday ( Thursday) police recovered a loaded handgun during a search of open land off Waterpark Drive.
The handgun was found during a day of action in the area to disrupt crime and reassure locals.
Today police have released more information about the activity.
A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a section 5 firearm and possession of a bladed article after a driver attempted to evade officers.
The vehicle was intercepted by police on Hillside Road and following a search of the vehicle, a lock knife and can of CS incapacitant spray was recovered
During a search of open land on Seth Powell Way police found a meat cleaver.
A man made off from officers on Hatfield Gardens leaving behind a Sur-Ron electric bike, which was suspected of being stolen and seized.
Inspector Dave Harrison said “These days of action are effective and I hope show the public that we will do everything in our power to proactively protect our Huyton communities.
“Recently, we have experienced a number of shootings which have left the public feeling scared for their safety. This is unacceptable. Our communities deserve to feel protected and able to wander the streets knowing that there isn’t someone carrying a gun nearby.
“The people using guns are really stupid – these are lethal weapons that can land you in prison for a long long time. Storing them is also so dangerous; it was only this week that we recovered a loaded gun hidden in near Waterpark Drive – imagine your child had found that. It dreads me to think what could have happened.
“I am thankful for this activity and the hard work my team are continually carrying out to protect the public. We have also been supported by our partners at Environmental Health, Trading Standards, KMBC Road Safety, Licensing and Housing teams as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner and MFRS. This joint up approach adds so much to these days of action and allows us to share information and work together to detect and fight crime.
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“Report anyone you know involved in crime so we can take more weapons off our streets and protect all those growing up and living in Huyton – help us ensure your children’s futures are not plagued by criminals.”
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