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8 year old boy finds shotgun on waste ground

Officers were called to an area at the junction of Church View and Chapel Terrace in Bootle Credit: Google Earth

Police are investigating after an 8 year old child found a shot gun in Merseyside.

Officers were called to an area at the junction of Church View and Chapel Terrace in Bootle in Sunday evening.

They are carrying out CCTV and house to house investigations.

This is a truly shocking incident – for a child to find a gun in waste ground is beyond anything we would expect on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Luckily this gun was not loaded – I dread to think what could have happened to the innocent young boy who found it. We could have been facing an absolute tragedy today following the reckless actions of the thoughtless individual who left the gun in a place where children play.

– Chief Inspector Steve Rice

Anyone with information is asked to contact the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Merseyside Police.

'Extensive' search for missing 13 year old girl Lauryn Cass

Have you seen Lauryn Cass? Credit: Merseyside Police

A 13 year old girl has done missing from Bootle.

Lauryn Cass, from Bootle, was last seen on Friday at Seaforth and Litherland train station.

Police say she was last seen wearing her school uniform - and is known to frequent the Sefton area. Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate her since.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Lauryn and return her home safely and would urge Lauryn, anyone who knows her whereabouts, or who has seen a female resembling her, to contact @MerPolCC or 101.

– Merseyside Police

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Man taken to hospital after being found lying in the street

A man has been taken to hospital after he was found lying in the road with head injuries.

Merseyside Police says the man was discovered next to a bike on Fernhill Road, Bootle shortly before 1pm on Sunday.

Road closures are in place to carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Residents said they have seen significant police activity around neighbouring Derby Park and an air ambulance was also at the scene.

One said: "There has been a lot of noise and commotion going on, nobody is sure what's happened but it is a large response."

Bootle War Memorial heritage protection upgraded

Bootle War Memorial has had its protected status upgraded. Credit: Google Earth

A memorial dedicated to airmen from the First and Second World War has been given heritage protection to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

Bootle War Memorial in Merseyside has had its protected status upgraded on the advice of the heritage agency Historic England.

It marks a century since the formation of the RAF, the world's first air force independent of army or navy control.

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WATCH: Chennai Six released from Indian jail

The men known as the Chennai Six, including two men from the North West, have now left jail in India after being held for four years on charges of weapons smuggling.

Paul Towers from Bootle and Ray Tindall from Chester were in a group accused of moving guns and ammunition while working as maritime security guards.

The Chennai Six were cleared of all charges by the Indian supreme court yesterday.

  • Our correspondent Ashley Derricott has been talking to their relieved families.

Man 'in hospital' after falling from 14th floor

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Police in Merseyside have confirmed officers were in attendance on Washington Parade/Vermont Way in Bootle, yesterday following reports of an incident.

Police were called at around 12.30pm following reports the male had fallen from the fourteenth floor of a multi-storey car park

The male, who is in his 20’s, was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

An investigation is underway and CCTV enquiries are ongoing in the local area.

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