The Chief Constable of Merseyside says his officers are stretched trying to stop a sharp rise in gun crime.
A spate of shootings, the worst in five years, has left one man dead and four others injured in the last month alone.
The chief constable says recent cuts and a wall of silence in some communities means they're failing to keep criminals on the back foot.
Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner reports:
Andy Cooke was the first commander of Merseyside's anti-gun crime unit, Matrix and now he's Chief Constable.
He's been telling us why there's been such a significant rise in gun crime:
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