1. ITV Report

Detectives investigating shootings in Bootle find a gun

Police search for weapons in Bootle after string of gang shootings Photo: Andy Bonner

Detectives investigating a string of revenge shootings on Merseyside have found a shotgun on a disused railway line.

Rival gangs in Bootle are thought to be behind the violence which left six people injured, the youngest aged 15.

The weapon was recovered after police received information form a member of the public.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, head of Matrix, said:

"Following information from a member of the public an extensive search is being undertaken on a disused railway line where a shotgun was recovered yesterday evening.

"This find shows how important information from our communities can be and I am grateful for the support we have received since the events of Saturday evening. Together we can make an impact on the small number of people who are putting our communities at risk.

"We will act on all information received and if you know who is involved in the recent incidents in Bootle, or have information which could support our investigation, and give us the evidence we need to put these people before the courts and behind bars contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."