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Police reveal extra raids in gun crime crackdown

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.

– Spokesperson, Merseyside Police

It takes the total number of arrests to 53.

Police arrest 53 in gun crime crackdown

Gun crime Credit: PA

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."

Police hunt man after gun found

Carlo Tommasello Credit: GMP

Police who took a gun off the streets are hunting a man they believe may have been hiding it.

Carlo Tommasello, 25 has not been seen since the gun and live rounds of ammunition were seized from the house on Tartan Street in November last yeat. Tommasello has links to the Clayton area.

Detective Constable Steven Harris said: "Greater Manchester Police is committed to taking guns off our streets, and combating the threat of the organised crime.

"He knows that we are looking for him, and I would urge anyone who recognises him from the picture to call us.

Firearms found on Merseyside

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.

– DCI Richie Salter

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Nine arrested in gang raids

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.

Merseyside teen gang lose appeal

A gang of teenage robbers from Merseyside - one as young as 13 - have had appeals thrown out by leading judges who warned severe sentences were needed to protect the public from gun crime.

The five, who carried out armed raids, failed at the Court of Appeal that their custodial terms should be cut.

At the time of the offences last year, the gang was aged between 13 and 18.

The youngest gang member, Jobe Kilbride, of Tarbock Road, Huyton, now aged 14, was detained for 4 years, while his older brother Declan, 17, was given 9 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Declan Culshaw,16, of Sandyville Road, Clubmoor, was sentenced to f5 years. Dylan Currie, 15, of Breeze Hill, Liverpool, was detained for 6 years.

Bradley Beveridge,19, of Springbank Road, Anfield, received an indeterminate sentence for public protection with a minimum term of 5 years and 6 months.