Loaded gun found in Liverpool garden

Police are investigating after a loaded handgun was found in a garden in Liverpool.

The weapon was discovered hidden in a back garden at an address on the East Lancashire Road in the Noris Green area of the city yesterday afternoon.

Police say, the weapon, which appears to be a loaded handgun with a silencer, has been recovered and will be examined further by forensic and ballistic experts to establish if it is a viable weapon.

"I would like to thank the person who found this for coming forward. There are some people in our communities who are prepared to use firearms to protect their criminal enterprise and they bring fear and intimidation to our streets.

"I would encourage the public to call us if they know where weapons are being stored, or if they have any information about those involved in gun crime.

– Detective Sergeant Dave Banner