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Family appeal. They visit grave on what would have been his 18th birthday.

James should be celebrating his 18th birthday today. He died after being shot.

The family of James Meadows have been talking of their unbearable grief. The teenager should have been celebrating his 18th birthday today. Instead his family are making an appeal to help find his killer. He was riding pillion on a motorbike when he was shot on a Sunday evening (October 8).

It’s a time that James should be celebrating and having fun with his much loved family and friends. Instead of the celebratory plans we had made and the presents we had bought for him, which we can’t give to him, we will be visiting his grave with cards and flowers.

We should be watching him enjoy himself and living his life to the full, instead as a family we are unable to do this with James being tragically and cruelly taken away from us at such a young age.

As a family the void of James not being with us is still unbearable. Each day we expect and wait for him to walk through the door.

We appeal to anyone with a conscience to please come forward and provide information to the police. We will never get our beloved James back but justice for James will help our family to come to terms with this living nightmare that we find ourselves in.

– Family statement

Anyone with information should search their consciences and come forward, either directly to the investigation team, or you can pass information anonymously through Crimestoppers, a charity completely independent of the police.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone in the area of Lyme Cross Road on the evening of Sunday, 8 October, or anyone who saw a dark coloured hatchback car, possibly a Mercedes, on the Longview or Hillside estate.

– Detective Chief Inspector Bev Hyland

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


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


22-year-old man arrested after Everton shooting in April

22-year-old man arrested in connection with shooting of Mark Hillman in April Credit: Merseyside Police

Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of Mark Hillman in Everton on 27th April 2016, have arrested a 22-year-old man, from Kirkby, on suspicion of murder.

The man has been taken into custody where he will be questioned by detectives from Merseyside Police's Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit.

Police appeal for information about car suspectedly used in attack

Police believe the house was mistakenly targeted in the attack. Credit: Google Maps

Police investigating a shooting through the window of a house in Speke, on Boxing Day, are appealing for information about a car they think could have been used by the offenders.

The stolen black Volvo XC90, was found burnt out less than a quarter of a mile away from the scene on Harefield Road.

The car's registration is KO16 LMV.

Three people who were injured in the shooting have now been released from hospital.

Police believe the house was mistakenly targeted in the attack.

The burned out Volvo was found in Rycot Road, Speke at 4.49am on 27 December. The car had been stolen from Ilchester Road in Wallasey on 13 December. We want to know where that car has been since it was stolen and we are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in Ilchester Road on 13 December around 8.45pm, or who has seen the car in the last two weeks to come forward, information in relation to this Volvo could be vital to our inquiries.

I would also like to appeal to anyone who saw the car being abandoned in Rycot Road to contact us.

High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the Speke area to reassure the local community and officers will also be visiting the addresses of those believed to be involved in serious and organised crime in the area. We would appeal to anyone in the community who has any information in relation to those responsible for this cowardly attack on a family home to come forward. We need to get these people off our streets. We will never tolerate the use of firearms on the streets of Merseyside.

– Superintendent Mark Morgan, Merseyside Police

Police are urging anyone who lknows where guns are being stored, or who has any information about who is involved in gun crime to call detectives on the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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