Arrests made and ammunition, drugs and cash seized in response to firearms incidents

Merseyside Police has arrested two men and seized ammunition and large quantities of drugs and cash as part of a continued crackdown in response to firearms incidents across the force.

A third man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and drug supply after being wanted since September.

At around 9am yesterday, Tuesday 26 October, a warrant was executed at an address in Huyton. During a search of the property, more than 40 rounds of ammunition and suspected crack cocaine and heroin were recovered and a 22-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of Section 1 ammunition. He has been taken into custody for questioning by detectives.

At 8.30pm last night, a man was stop-checked in Mace Road, Croxteth after being seen acting suspiciously. Officers searched him and his car and seized wraps of cannabis and around £10,000 in cash. The 25-year-old man, from West Derby, was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply and money laundering. He was arrested and taken to a police station where he is being questioned by detectives.

At 3.20am this morning, Wednesday 26 October, a man who was wanted for suspected firearms offences was stopped in a car on Peel Street in Southport. The 21-year-old man, from Southport, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Section 1 firearm and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. The man is currently in custody and will be questioned.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said: “Communities across Merseyside will see continued action over the coming days and weeks, as we relentlessly pursue those who bring gun crime and fear to the streets of Merseyside. We are determined to identify and dismantle those groups involved in gun crime who put our communities at risk, as well as those peripheral figures who store drugs and weapons to support serious and organised crime.

“Information provided by communities who are affected by this cowardly and despicable behaviour will lead to more of the same results; more guns, ammunition and drugs removed from the streets.

“My message to those engaged in gun crime is clear: we know who you are, we can see where you are operating, and we will be coming to arrest you.”

Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have information which could help them with their enquiries to contact the specialist Matrix gun crime team on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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