Merseyside Disruption Activity - Firearm Recovered

11th April 2016

Merseyside Police recovered a large quantity of cash and designer clothing following searches of a garden and property in Litherland.

Disruption activity by Matrix officers following a firearms discharge in the early hours of Saturday 9 April resulted in the search of the front garden of a property on Gowrie Grove where officers recovered £5,000 in cash hidden in undergrowth.

A further search of the property recovered a further £11,000 in cash together with a large quantity of designer clothing and shoes with an estimated value of £30,000.

The property and cash has been seized and investigations are ongoing.

As part of ongoing disruption activityin the Sefton area three 18 year-olds and a 17 year-old were arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of possession of a s1 firearm, possession of a s5 firearm, possession of an air rifle and possession of an offensive weapon after a Ford Fiesta was stopped in Netherton.

A 27 year-old was also arrested in Seaforth on Saturday night on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and no insurance after scrambler bikes and a quad bike were seen by patrols driving around the Crosby area at high speeds and without lights.

In a separate incident three people - a 25 year-old man, a 29 year-old man and a 26 year-old woman -were arrested for affray following an incident on Queens Drive, Stoneycroft, on Friday 8 April. All three have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said: "We are aware of a number of incidents of disorder involving firearms in the past week.

"I want to make it clear that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will continue to take action against those involved in serious and organised crime.

"We will continue to disrupt criminal activity and relentlessly pursue those who are involved in criminality to take them off our streets.

"I want to reassure the law abiding members of the public that our commitment to tackling gun and serious crime is as strong as ever.

"Anyone who is involved in this type of criminality can expect a knock on their door in the coming days, weeks and months."

Anyone with any information about criminality in their area is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.



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