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Merseyside police on recruitment drive to deal with rise in number of shootings in the area

Armed police patrolling on armed forces day. Credit: ITV News

Merseyside Police is recruiting extra armed officers to deal with a rise in the number of shootings in the area.

Despite overall cuts to the force, senior officers want to create twenty new posts in the firearms unit.

A teenager was murdered and 7 people were injured in 14 separate shootings on Merseyside since the start of June 2017.

The recruitment drive will eventually bring the total number of officers qualified to carry a gun to 145.

Police bosses have cited the recent increased threat of terrorist attacks as another reason for the decision.

Armed officers have been seen at a number of busy events on Merseyside this summer, including Armed Forces Day and large sport and music events.

Superintendent Dawn McNally, Head of Uniform Specialist Operations at Merseyside Police, told ITV Granada Reports: "It is absolutely imperative that here on Merseyside a big metropolitan force of our size does have the specialist capability and capacity.

"We are seeing a change in the policing environment. We want to protect communities and we need to be equipped to do that."

Woman who murdered Jeremy Dickinson is jailed for life

Jeremy Dickinson was murdered at his home in Seacombe Credit: Merseyside police

A woman has been jailed for a minimum of 17-and-a-half years for killing a father at his home in Seacombe.

Lyndsey McCool, 37, of Whetstone Lane, Tranmere, murdered Jeremy Dickinson by a “blunt force trauma” to the head. She then stole money from Mr Dickinson before fleeing the scene.

Police discovered Mr Dickinson’s body at his home in Albemarle Road on March 28th and McCool was arrested the following day.

"Firstly, we'd like to express our deepest sympathy to the Dickinson family for the loss of Jeremy, who was a son, brother and father.

"This was a horrific attack carried out by McCool on Mr Dickinson in his own home, where had every right to feel safest.

"I would like to thank the family for their bravery and courage during the whole ordeal and also the professionalism of the officers involved in this investigation.

"The sentence McCool has been given is a reflection of the seriousness of the offence and ultimately nothing can bring Jeremy back, but today we hope the family can take some small comfort in the fact that justice has been served."

– Detective Inspector Paul Lamb

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Police appeal for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Wirral

Credit: Press Association

Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Wirral yesterday which left the ride of a motor scooter with serious injuries.

The collision between a blue Vauxhall Astra and an orange Vespa scooter, happened around 2.10pm at the junction of Noctorum Avenue and Pine Tree Avenue, Noctorum.

The scooter rider, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital where he was treated for serious but not life threatening injuries to his head and body.

Police say that the driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting them with enquiries.

Police say Everton murder victim was Joseph McKeever, 54

Joseph McKeever Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have released the name of a man whose body was found inside a burnt out car in Everton on Thursday night.

Joseph McKeever, 54, was from Walton.

Detectives are withholding the cause of death pending further investigation but believe he was subject to a sustained assault and suffered a severe head injury before he died.

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