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Police investigating Tuesday's 'firebomb' incident close down pub after making 12 arrests

The Elm House Public House on Townsend Lane has been issued with a closure order Credit: Merseyside Police
The Elm House Public House on Townsend Lane has been issued with a closure order Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police can confirm that a public house in Anfield has been issued with a Closure Order following a warrant executed in the area this morning.

The Elm House Public House on Townsend Lane has been issued with the order due to police concerns in relation to suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.In addition, a further four additional searches have been carried out at houses in Anfield.

There have been a total of twelve arrests for a variety of offences.

Superintendent Mark Morgan of Liverpool Policing area:

"This Closure Order should serve as a clear reminder that we will look to take action against any businesses who we suspect of assisting organised criminals operating within our communities."

– Superintendent Mark Morgan

Police make twelve arrests in connection with 'firebomb' incident

Police executed 10 warrants Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police has executed ten warrants in Anfield following an incident on Tuesday, 2 February, when four police were injured after a flammable device was thrown at them on Townsend Lane.

This morning, three men and one woman have so far been arrested following the warrants. One man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in relation to a previous offence. A second man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis. A third man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and possessing class A controlled drugs. The woman was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace. All four will be taken into custody and further questioned by detectives. Searches of these properties are ongoing.

Superintendent Mark Morgan of Liverpool policing area said:

"The events of Tuesday were totally unacceptable and we have had a lot of support, both from the local community and the media. As a result of information received during the investigation, we have been able to carry out this operation.

"Our actions today show that we are making every effort to identify and arrest those we suspect were involved in this despicable act, and it was fortunate that none of our officers were more seriously injured.

"We will continue our increased visibility of patrols in the area, and we would encourage members of the community to provide any information through 101, or via the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111."

– Superintendent Mark Morgan

The details of offences suspects have been arrested for is as follows:

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Burglary and Possession of Class A drugs

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of Class A drugs

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of Class A drugs

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of Class B drugs

  • Woman arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace, obstruct police and Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Woman arrested on suspicion of Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Woman arrested on suspicion of Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Woman arrested on suspicion of Possession of drugs with intent to supply

  • Man arrested on suspicion of Possession of Class B drugs

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Man arrested for Anfield Police firebomb attack

A still from footage of the attack Credit: Liverpool Echo

Merseyside Police has confirmed that a 22-year-old man from Anfield has today been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault following an incident in Townsend Lane, Anfield yesterday where a suspected petrol bomb was thrown in the direction of police officers.

Police say the man has been taken to a police station to be interviewed and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.

This news comes after police confirmed that they have also arrested a 25-year-old male on suspicion of drugs offences in relation to the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Anfield shooting: Primary school day continuing as normal

A man is believed to have fired a gun at a dark coloured car outside the primary school on Anfield Road on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Anfield Road Primary School has issued a statement following reports of gunfire outside the school on Tuesday morning.

Police are investigating the incident which happened while parents were dropping their children off at the school around 9am.

We would like to reassure people that our children are safe and were unaware of the incident that happened outside of the school site this morning.

The site was not evacuated, the school day is continuing as normal and a trip for some pupils took place as planned.

Due to the closure of the road for the police investigation we will be letting parents know about a change in arrangements to pick up their children at home time.

– Claire Drew-Williams, Headteacher of Anfield Road Primary School
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