Gun Shots fired Newton Street Southport

Police were called to Newton Street, Southport, at 8:05pm tonight (Sunday 13th July 2014) after reports of gun shots fired.

They arrived on scene to find empty bullet casings in the street. Five shots were fired out of a Audi at a person on a moped.

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The rider on the moped escaped uninjured after escaping through a passageway onto Milton Street.

One of the bullets went through a house window.

The scene has been cordoned off in both Newton Street and Milton Street.


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House-to-house enquiries have been undertaken and patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.

An investigation is underway.

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AMENDED VERSION (Sefton Area Commander Ch Supt Peter Costello now quoted)
Merseyside Police is investigating after shots were fired in Southport on Sunday night

Officers were called to the Newton Street area at 8pm following reports that a man had been shot at by people in a car.

On arrival officers located the man, who was shaken but uninjured. Following a search of the area, the outer wall of a house was found to have been damaged.

No-one inside the house was injured and the house is not believed to have been the target of the shooting.

Patrols are searching for the vehicle that the shots were fired from. It is described as dark-coloured saloon.

The incident is being treated as a targeted attack against the man and detectives from Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit are leading the investigation.

Highly visible uniformed patrols have been increased in the area to provide a reassuring presence for local residents.

Chief Superintendent Peter Costello said: “This appears to be a targeted attack by one criminal faction against another.

“It is reckless in the extreme to ever discharge an illegal firearm but to do so in a residential area on a busy summer’s evening beggars belief.
“We are determined to bring these criminals to justice so they cannot put other people’s lives in danger.
“Merseyside Police is absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing people involved in serious organised crime and I would urge anyone with information about this incident to call our gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Pics by OTS reader Tazman

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