Merseyside Police say they have made 10 more arrests in their six-day gun crime crackdown, after extra raids overnight:
Officers also executed two warrants, in Kirkdale and Toxteth, last night. At the Kirkdale address they uncovered a sophisticated cannabis farm with approximately 60 plants and an estimated street value of £60,000. At the address in Toxteth officers seized a quantity of what is believed to be Class A drugs, along with a quantity of cannabis.
Police have arrested 53 people, in a six-day crackdown on gun crime in Merseyside.
Officers have raided eight properties, and stopped numerous cars and people. One man was arrested over a shooting. Others were questioned over violent disorder, assault, and drugs offences.
Superintendent Paul White says: "A small number of people... are causing fear in our communities through the use of violence and firearms and Merseyside Police is not prepared to standby and let them rule the roost."
Two shotguns have been recovered from addresses in Kirkdale and Fazakerley in Liverpool. A 37-year old woman and a 47-year-old man, both from Fazakerley were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm. They are currently being questioned by officers.
Information is public is vital in our fight against guncrime and I would appeal to anyone with information about where guns are being kept in their community to talk to us directly or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
"We act on all information received about firearms. We know that more offenders are looking for alternative places to store their weapons, so I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to be vigilant and contact us if they notice anything suspicious.
Seven people have been arrested during raids at 15 addresses in Kirkby, St Helens, Knowsley village and Fazakerley.
The operation, codenamed Operation Decade, is targeting those believed to be involved in gun and drug crime.
The raids are the culmination of a 12-month investigation.
Acting on information we carefully planned this initiative over 12 months and today's operation is just one example of the Force's commitment - with the support of the public and partner agencies - to tackle drug related crime and organised crime groups working in Merseyside
"These arrests send out a clear message to those involved in serious and organised crime.
"I can reassure the public that we will keep up the pressure on these organised crime groups and will pursue them relentlessly and put them before the courts to make our streets safer."
– Superintendent Paul White
Six men and one woman, have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
A further two men have been arrested and a substantial amount of cash has been recovered from a property in St Helens as part of the operation
The operation carried out today reinforces the Force's commitment to tackling the scourge of drugs and guns in our communities.