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Merseyside Police has executed three warrants at addresses in Sefton today (Thursday, 28 March 2013) following a number of shootings in Maghull in recent weeks.
A 56-year-old man from Maghull has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering following the seizure of a large amount of cash at an address in Maghull. He has been taken to a police station where he will be questioned by detectives.
A 31-year-old man from Aintree and a 38-year-old man from Netherton have both been cautioned for possession of a controlled drug following the seizure of a small amount of controlled drugs at addresses in Aintree and Netherton.
Det Supt Paul Richardson, head of the specialist Matrix team, said: “Today we have taken further pro-active action in our continuing war on gun crime across the force, but particularly in Maghull.
“The firearms discharges at street level are often a symptom of other criminality which is controlled and influenced by people who will never pull the trigger, or get their hands dirty. We will focus our actions at all levels and send the clear message that gun crime will not be tolerated and those who are involved in this type of crime will bring continued and significant focus on themselves.
“These people have brought fear to a community and we are determined to turn the tables and send out a strong message to those involved that we will not lose the fight against gun crime.. We will find and arrest those responsible and put them through the courts and we will not stand by and watch these people create a climate of fear and intimidation.”
He continued: “Merseyside Police has invested significant resources to the Sefton area to support the neighbourhood teams and these resources include officers from the Matrix, Roads Policing Unit and Mounted and Dog Sections. We will be here for as long as it takes. We are determined to eradicate this problem and ensure that the residents of Maghull are happy to go about their day-to-day business, safe in the knowledge that these people have been dealt with and taken off the streets.
“We have had tremendous support from the community in Maghull and Sefton and I want to assure them that we are working hard behind the scenes to build up the evidence which will put these people behind bars. If you have any information which could help us with our investigations please come forward, your information could be the vital piece that we need to complete the jigsaw. We can’t do this without the community and we need you to continue to give us information.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the specialist Matrix team on 0151 777 5687, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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