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  • Gunman fires at house in targeted attack

    Tom Martin

    SHOTS were fired at a house in  Litherland last Saturday in what police believe was a targeted attack.

    Officers were sent to Kirkstone Road North at around 1.50am on Saturday, October 13 to reports a gunman had opened fire at a residential property.

    Damage was caused to the building, but there were no injuries and enquiries are now ongoing to establish the circumstances behind the shooting.

    Forensic, house-to-house, and CCTV enquiries have been carried out and officers will be in the area to provide reassurance to the community.

    Detective Inspector Nick Suffield said: “At this early stage of the investigation we are trying to confirm exactly what happened.

    “It appears to be a targeted attack from our initial enquiries but nonetheless I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything in the area in the early hours, or has heard any talk locally, to come forward to officers or anonymously to Crimestoppers, which is completely independent of the police.

    “To fire any weapon at a property is extremely reckless and thankfully nobody was injured.

    “There have been a number of shootings in Merseyside in recent days and we know this will be alarming for our communities, and is unusual given the decrease in shootings in recent months.

    “But I want to reiterate that Merseyside Police is relentless in our investigation of this and all firearms offences, and we will target anyone who recklessly endangers the lives of others and brings fear to our streets.

    “We will never tolerate the use of firearms in our communities.

    “We continue to have success in the detection and prosecution of offenders and seizure of weapons, and key to this is information from our communities.

    “So come forward, however you choose to get your information to us, get it to us, and we will take positive action to reduce this threat and remove these people and their weapons.

    “There will be a heightened presence in those areas affected this weekend so speak to our officers and together we can make a real difference.”

    Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 87 of 13 October or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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