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Man arrested in relation to murder of Yusuf Sonko

Yusuf Sonko was shot and killed in the street Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have announced that officers investigating the murder of Yusuf Sonko have arrested a male today, Monday 5th June.

A 17-year-old from Toxteth has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a police station where he will be questioned.


Family of teenage gun victim say they've been left with 'an unfillable void'

Yusuf Sonko, 18 Credit: Merseyside police.

Police in Merseyside have called for communities to "stand together" against gun crime as a teenager was killed in the third shooting in the area in two days.

Yousef Sonko, 18, was shot in the street in Toxteth on Friday night.

The murder came after two men were injured in separate shootings in the Fazakerley and Seaforth areas on Thursday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson said: "We need to stand together to get these cowardly individuals off our streets and take firearms out of circulation. We need to build up an evidential picture.

"It is absolutely key in order to reduce the threat by taking firearms, as well as the people using those firearms, off our streets.

"If you have any information in relation to the whereabouts of firearms on Merseyside please contact us, we will act on all information.

"There is no place for firearms, or those who use them and bring fear to our communities, on our streets.

"We need members of the public to come forward with information so we can keep our streets safe and put these cruel and callous individuals who are causing pain in our communities behind bars."

Armed officers and ambulances were called to Tagus Street, at the rear of Lodge Lane, at about 8.30pm on Friday after Mr Sonko was found injured in the street.

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Mr Richardson said: "The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are being carried out to establish any potential motive and to identify those responsible for this young man's tragic and untimely death.

"This was a cold blooded, targeted attack which has taken away the life of an 18-year-old man, who should have had the rest of his life to look forward to. A family has been shattered and their lives will never be the same again, we need to find those responsible.

"No mother, or father, expects to bury their child at the age of 18 years and I can't begin to imagine what this young man's family are going through, and our family liaison officers are currently providing them with specialist support.

18-year-old Yusuf Sonko was shot and killed in Liverpool Credit: Merseyside Police

Yusuf was dearly loved by all who knew him, his cheeky smile and charisma could light up any room.

"He was family orientated, kind, loving, and intelligent, his memory will live on in our hearts forever.

"His parents, brothers and sisters have been left with an unfillable void. "We ask anyone with information to please come forward and help us in our search for justice."

– Statement from the family of Yusuf Sonko


Another prisoner escapes police custody at Aintree Hospital

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A prisoner has escaped from guards during an Aintree Hospital visit this morning - just months after a convicted killer escaped at the same hospital.

Merseyside Police confirmed a prisoner from HMP Altcourse got away from two prison guards supervising him for treatment at the accident and emergency department.

Luckily the 21 year old man was arrested minutes later in nearby Delagoa Road.

The man has been returned to prison where he is serving a sentence for breaching licence conditions.

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It comes just months after convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley escaped when two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison officers guarding him at the hospital in February.

Shaun Walmsley Credit: Merseyside Police

Walmsley has not been seen since and remains on the run. He was serving life with a minimum term of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy in May 2014.

Police seek Greater Manchester man after Prescot burglary

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Police in Merseyside are trying to trace a Greater Manchester man after a burglary in Prescot.

Officers say they want to speak to 25-year-old Rory Connor, and have asked anyone who knows where he is to contact them.

It's after a home was burgled in Prescot in December last year. Cash and a safe were taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6802 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, provide information to Crimestoppers online at:

Merseyside Police appeal to taxi driver for help in finding missing woman

Missing Georgiana Olteanu Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police have issued an image of a taxi as detectives appeal directly to the driver for help in tracing a 30-year-old Romanian woman who went missing from her home in Liverpool last month.

Georgiana Olteanu, was last seen on Saturday, 18th March at approximately 11pm at Aintree Hospital. She was subsequently reported missing on 11th April by relatives and detectives have been making extensive enquiries to find her ever since.

Georgiana is described as being white, 5ft 2in tall, of medium build with long fair hair and a pale complexion.

She was last seen wearing a beige or cream-coloured three quarter-length hooded jacket, a pink top with pink tracksuit bottoms, white trainers, and was carrying a large black handbag.

Officers are appealing directly to a taxi driver who detectives believe may have picked Georgiana up at Aintree Hospital at around 11pm on Saturday, 18th March to contact police.

"This person is not in any trouble, but we believe they may have information that could help us locate Georgiana.

If you are the taxi driver in the silver or light grey Hackney cab pictured, which we know gave Georgiana a lift at about 11pm on Saturday, 18 March, we would like you to contact Merseyside Police.

Any information you have about where Georgiana was dropped off or what she may have said in the vehicle could prove vital to our efforts to find her."

– Detective Inspector Phil Mahon, Merseyside Police
Merseyside Police are looking for the driver of this taxi for help in finding Georgiana Credit: Merseyside Police
  • Detectives would urge Georgiana, the taxi driver or anyone who knows of her whereabouts to call Merseyside Police on 101 or the charity Missing People on 116 000 or email
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