POLICE have stepped up patrols in Litherland after two recent shootings in the area.
Officers are investigating two separate shootings, which thankfully didn’t result in any injuries, and they want to reassure members of the community who may be concerned.
The first incident occurred on Sunday, December 27 in Harrington Road at around 10.30pm when a gunman opened fire at three people stood on a balcony. The second on Tuesday, December 29 on Thackerey Gardens when a house was shot at.
In response, police enforced a Section 60 notice in the area, which covered Boundary Road, Sefton Moss Lane, Poulsom Drive, Northumberland Way, Gorsey Lane, Sefton Road, Hawthorne Road, Harris Drive, Orrell Road and Watts Lane.
The police order, which has now finished, gave officers enhanced stop and search powers to stop people aged 12-60 and was designed to “minimise serious violence in the area”.
Sefton Community Chief Inspector Mike O’Malley said of the Section 60 notice: “We share the community’s concern at two recent firearms incidents in the area, and this is one of a number of measures we are taking to disrupt those who would consider bringing weapons onto our streets.
“Enquiries into both incidents continue and we are determined to establish exactly what happened and bring all those responsible to justice. Anyone prepared to endanger the lives of other people by carrying and firing a weapon in the heart of our communities is not welcome in Merseyside.
“This Section 60 order has been introduced to give us more power to stop people in an effort to prevent any further violence, and we welcome any information that local residents can provide on where weapons are being stored, carried or used. Be assured we will take action on all you tell us.
“We regularly patrol Litherland and the surrounding areas, and I hope the people who live there will welcome the fact they see our officers out in force in the coming days, both in uniform and plain clothes.
“They will not be troubling people going about their business and if you see us in the street then please do come and say hello, and feel free to share any information or concerns you may have.
“If you speak to us about this incident or any other criminality, we will take positive action.”
If you have information about these incidents, contact police by DM via their social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.