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Police investigating after dog shot dead in Merseyside

Police are investigating after a pet dog was shot and killed at a home in Merseyside.

The Dogue de Bordeaux/Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was shot at a house in Primrose Court in Huyton in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It was taken to a vet but could not be saved. Nobody else in the property was harmed but one woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A small cannabis farm and equipment was also located in addition to bags of cannabis, and a 29-year-old man from Huyton has been taken to a police station for questioning on suspicion of cannabis production.

Police say they believe it was a targeted attack, and are now appealing for information.

We initially believe that this was a targeted attack towards those at the premises, but to break into a home and kill a pet dog is shocking, and must be devastating for the owners.

I am sure the vast majority of people in Huyton will be outraged that such an incident has taken place within their community, and will want those responsible removed from the streets as soon as possible.

I want to reassure the community that we will act on all information to ensure that those responsible for this callous attack are identified and brought to justice. If you saw or heard anything suspicious around 12.20am, or have home CCTV which may have captured those involved, please let us know as any details may be key to the investigation.

You can speak to police directly or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, where your information will be dealt with anonymously.

– Detective Inspector Louise Birchall, Merseyside Police
The dog was shot at a property in Primrose Court in Huyton Credit: ITV Granada

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Police launch murder hunt. Boy shot on bike dies in hospital in Liverpool

Injured boy dies in hospital. Murder hunt underway. Credit: ITV

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of 17-year-old James Meadows, who was critically injured in Huyton last night.

A post mortem will now be carried out and James's family have been informed.

Officers were initially called to Lyme Cross Road at 9.40pm to reports that a 17-year-old male pillion passenger on a motorbike had fallen off and suffered a head injury. The rider of the bike failed to stop.

James was taken to hospital where a scan uncovered that he had a head wound consistent with having been shot.

House-to-house and CCTV enquiries have been carried out in the local area. A search of the area remains ongoing and high visibility patrols have also been stepped up.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to call detectives on 0800 230 0600 or the Crimestoppers line, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

I would urge anyone who was in the area of Lyme Cross Road at around 9.30pm last night who may have seen the motorbike travelling at speed to contact us.

The rider of the bike left the scene and I would ask them, or anyone who knows them, to contact us as a matter of urgency as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.

I know that incidents such as this do cause concern but I want to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

Criminals involved in gun crime have no regard for anyone else and I would urge the local community to come together to help us take a stand against the use of firearms and violence on our streets and report anything they saw or heard to us so we can take action."

– Detective Chief Inspector Bev Hyland

The volunteers who look after abandoned animals at Christmas

Volunteers in the North West will be looking after the region's abandoned dogs this Christmas.

Centres in Huyton and Denton will be caring for almost 200.

On the big day it will be, almost, business as usual, with volunteers still walking dogs whatever the weather and cleaning kennels.

They'll also be helping their four-legged friends open presents, which have all been donated by generous dog-lovers

Paul Crone reports:

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Man detained under mental health act after woman stabbed in park

Police were called to a street outside the park after reports a woman had been stabbed. Credit: Google Maps

Merseyside Police says a man, 18, arrested over an incident yesterday afternoon in Stadt Moers Park has been detained under the mental health act.

Police were called to West View at around midday after a woman was stabbed in the park in Huyton. She was taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder a short time later.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has any information, is asked to contact Knowsley CID by calling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Suspect drug dealers targeted in police raids

Police raiding a house in Merseyside today. Credit: Merseyside Police.

Fifteen people have been arrested for drugs offences after police in Merseyside raided 17 properties today.

The force's Matrix Serious Organised Crime team targeted suspects in Old Swan, Liverpool city centre and Huyton as part of a 12-month long operation.

Searches continue at the locations involved.

"We are intent on arresting those who are involved in serious and organised crime and responsible for dealing in controlled drugs.

"Today’s arrests should help significantly reduce drugs activity and associated crime in these areas, improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods and can only serve to make our communities stronger."

– Detective Supt Chris Green, Merseyside Police

Pianist shocked at internet success

A young man who's become an internet sensation thanks to his piano playing says he's shocked at what's happened. John Riley, who's from Huyton , was filmed playing in Liverpool. The footage was posted online and went viral. John, who works as a hospital cleaner, told Granada Reports he can't believe the response.

John gave a special performance for Granada Reports.

Man arrested after pensioner injured in road smash

Police have arrested a man after a pension was seriously injured after a crash in Huyton last night. Officers discovered the 71 year old man on Manor Farm Road at about 6pm following reports of a motorbike collision. He has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious.

A short time later officers arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop. The area has been cordoned off whilst collision investigators carry out forensic examinations.

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