SEVEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING MATRIX OPERATION machine pistol, silencer and ammunition recovered

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Detectives have arrested seven people and recovered and firearm and ammunition, following an operation by the force’s Matrix team.Matrix officers stopped a vehicle at Tarbock Island last night (Tuesday, 9 July) and recovered a machine pistol, silencer and ammunition.Following this recovery, officers then went on to execute a number of search warrants in the Sefton and Knowsley areas last night, resulting in the arrest of seven people and the recovery of a further silencer. A number of scenes continue to be searched today (Wednesday, 10 July.)The following six people have been arrested on suspicion of consiracy to supply firearms: -A 48-year-old man from Southport

A 61-year-old man from Southport

A 67-year-old man from Halewood

A 29-year-old man from Prescot

A 51-year-old man from Southport

A 47-year-old woman from Southport.

A further person – a 56-year-old woman from the Halewood area has been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

All remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Superintendent Chris Green from the Matrix team said: “Our focus firmly remains on tackling serious and organised crime and this recovery shows that we are committed to taking such weapons off the streets of Merseyside.

“This is a highly lethal weapon, with the potential to cause serious harm and death. It has now been removed from our streets and can no longer cause harm to our local communities.

“This recovery should send a strong message out to those involved in this type of criminality, that we are continually working to take guns, and those involved with them, off our streets. I also hope this sends a message to our communities – we will act on all information about gun crime and if anyone has any information, they should contact the Matrix team on 0151 777 5687 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


The a 56-year-old woman from the Halewood area, who was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The six other arrested remain in police custody




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