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Merseyside Police can confirm that a 39-year-old man has today, Friday, 12 September, been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum tariff of seven and a half years after pleading guilty to a number of firearms offences.

Allan Christopher Hulse, from Coney Crescent, Thornton, has been sentenced to life after pleading guilty to:

grievous bodily harm with intent after a man was seriously injured during a firearms discharge at a house on Eden Vale, Netherton, on Tuesday, 21 January 2014

possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after a firearm was discharged at a property on Old Quarry, Woolton on Friday, 15 November 2013

He has also been sentenced to eight years for possession of a shotgun and a handgun after a number of firearms were discovered at his address on Coney Crescent, Thornton.  This sentence is to run concurrently with the life sentence.

Detective Inspector Ian Hussey, Matrix Serious Organised Crime Major Investigation Team, said: “Today’s court case is the culmination of an extensive and complex investigation led by MSOC.

“Allan Hulse is a highly dangerous offender who used firearms to intimidate and frighten people. His behaviour was reckless in the extreme and he never gave a second thought to the consequences of his criminality.

“During the incident on Eden Vale, Hulse shot an innocent man in the face at point blank range. It has had a devastating impact on the victim, who has lost the sight in his left eye and has to live with both the physical and psychological consequences of this for the rest of his life.

“During the incident in Woolton, Hulse shot at a house, smashing a window and sending glass flying inside the property. Thankfully a woman in the room at the time wasn’t hurt but she was terrified and is still afraid to come downstairs at night.

“This case clearly highlights the devastating impact that gun crime can have on people’s lives. Hulse used firearms to cause fear and intimidation and I hope the fact he is now facing the sobering thought of a life sentence brings his victims some sense of closure.

“I also hope it sends the clearest possible message to other criminals of Merseyside Police’s determination to bring those responsible for serious and organised crime to justice.

“Firearms have no place in our communities and we will be relentless in our efforts to take guns and the people who use them off our streets.

“Information from the community often plays a vital role in our investigations and I would urge people with any information, however small, to get in touch with us.”

People can call officers from Matrix Serious Organised Crime on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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