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WATCH: Man, 22, sentenced to 24 years for shooting rival drug dealer in front of Christmas shoppers

CCTV released by police of Jamie Bridge who has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a rival drug dealer Photo: Merseyside Police

Jamie Bridge from Aintree has been sentenced to 24 years for shooting a rival drug dealer in the head in front of Christmas shoppers.

The 22-year-old attacked Christopher Jopson with a sawn off shut gun in Southport.

Police were called at 12.30pm on 21 December 2017 to Eastbank Street, were they found Jopson with a non life-threatening head injury. A bus driver was also injured.

Detective Inspector Andy McCourt said:

This was an appalling incident which took place in full view of people of all ages going about their business in the middle of a busy town centre street, close to Christmas. Witnesses included an injured bus drive, and school children, and the impact on everyone in the town involved in this incident has clearly been significant.

“This was a targeted incident and thankfully one in which the injuries sustained by the victim were not even more serious, but the sheer recklessness of Bridge’s actions last December cannot be overestimated. It is by sheer good fortune that nobody, either the victim or any bystanders, were killed, and to see Bridge taken off the streets for the foreseeable future is to be welcomed.

"Once again, we have seen that criminals who use firearms are throwing away their life and destroying that of others. The sentencing should strongly deter those who are considering this path of criminality.

“We will relentlessly pursue anyone who gets involved in gun crime in Merseyside. Firearms blight local communities and residents can rest assured that our efforts will continue to bring offenders to justice.

“Information from the community is vital and we will continue to act on all information that we receive to continue such good results. Keep coming forward and let us do the rest."

– Detective Inspector Andy McCourt, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information on gun crime is asked to contact the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.