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  • Air rifle fired at teen in street

    Tom Martin

    A GUNMAN fired an air rifle at a 16-year-old boy in an alleged ‘witness intimidation’ incident in Bootle.

    The weapon was used on Friday, September 14 at around 3.15pm when the youth was targeted on Olivia Street. He escaped uninjured.

    Police were unable to identify a suspect behind the shooting, until two days later on Sunday, September 16 when there were reports of two males riding a stolen orange motorbike and in possession of a gun at the junction of Commercial Road and Stanley Road.

    Officers, assisted by Citywatch and the National Police Air Service helicopter, tracked the males to Alonso Road, where the rider was seen switching to a pedal cycle.

    He was detained by officers on Melrose Road, although the second male and motorbike have not been found.

    A 15-year-old male from Kensington  has been  arrested on suspicion of possession of a section 1 firearm, dangerous driving, and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

    He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and witness intimidation in connection to the air rifle shooting two days earlier.

    Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “These are serious incidents which have caused alarm and distress to those involved and to anyone who saw them happening. We are determined to put those responsible before the courts and will act on all information provided. If you witnessed these incidents or have any information please come forward and let us do the rest.

    “The use of firearms on our streets will never be tolerated, regardless of whether they are air weapons, imitation firearms or real. All such weapons are used to create fear and intimidation in our communities, and they are the people who suffer the impact.”

    Anyone who witnessed either incident is asked to come forward to @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 18200193802 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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