UPDATED Police Raid Liverpool Road Southport November 1st, 2012 admin Latest News Shares Comments Police Raid Liverpool Road Southport Police have executed a search warrant to an address on Liverpool Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, at 10:15am this morning (Thursday 1st November 2012). The Royal Logistic Bomb Disposal Team and Police sniffer dogs are also on scene. Update 11:00am THURSDAY WARRANT EXECUTED – BIRKDALE, SOUTHPORT Merseyside Police can confirm that a 51-year-old man from Birkdale has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled drug following the execution of a warrant in Southport this morning (1 November 2012).Officers executed the warrant at a property in Liverpool Road at around 10am.A quantity of controlled drugs has also seized during the search of the property. The Explosive Ordinance Division and the Fire Service are in attendance to give advice and guidance to the police search teams. A search of the property is ongoing. Further UPDATE MAN ARRESTED AND GUN RECOVERED DURING RAID IN SOUTHPORT Merseyside Police has arrested a 51-year-old man and recovered a handgun following the execution of a warrant in Southport this morning. Officers executed the warrant at an address in Liverpool Road at around 10am. During the search a 51-year-old man from Birkdale was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled drug. He has been taken to a police station for questioning by detectives. A handgun, two handmade taser-like devices, several flares and a small amount of chemical substances were recovered at the property. The chemical substances will be taken to a laboratory for testing. At this time the search is ongoing. The army’s OED and the Fire Service are in attendance as a precaution and to provide advice and guidance to the police search teams. Detective Inspector Rob Hill said: “The action taken today is the result of an extensive investigation by detectives and is an example of the Force’s commitment to tackling serious criminality. “The use of firearms blights our communities and puts law-abiding people at risk. Merseyside Police is fully committed to pursuing those involved in serious organised crime and will act on all information provided. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their patience and co-operation during today’s operation.” Anyone who has information about organised crime or gun crime in Merseyside is asked to call Matrix on 0151 777 5699 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!