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Issue:- 11 July 2013


MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives have arrested 7 people and recovered and firearm and ammunition, following an operation by the force's Matrix team. Matrix officers stopped a vehicle at Tarbock Island on Tuesday, 9 July 2013, and recovered a machine pistol, silencer and ammunition. Following this recovery, officers then went on to execute a number of search warrants in the Sefton and Knowsley areas last night, resulting in the arrest of seven people and the recovery of a further silencer. A number of scenes continue to be searched on Wednesday, 10 July 2013.

The following 6 people have been arrested on suspicion of consiracy to supply firearms:-

A 48 year old man from Southport.

A 61 year old man from Southport.

A 67 year old man from Halewood.

A 29 year old man from Prescot.

A 51 year old man from Southport.

A 47 year old woman from Southport.

A further person; a 56 year old woman from the Halewood area has been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

All remain in Police custody for questioning.

Detective Superintendent Chris Green from the Matrix team said:- "Our focus firmly remains on tackling serious and organised crime and this recovery shows that we are committed to taking such weapons off the streets of Merseyside. This is a highly lethal weapon, with the potential to cause serious harm and death. It has now been removed from our streets and can no longer cause harm to our local communities. This recovery should send a strong message out to those involved in this type of criminality, that we are continually working to take guns, and those involved with them, off our streets. I also hope this sends a message to our communities; we will act on all information about gun crime and if anyone has any information, they should contact the Matrix team on:- 0151 777 5687 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111."


MERSEYSIDE Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after a quantity of prescribed drugs were taken during a burglary in Bootle on Wednesday, 3 July 2013. The drugs were taken from a delivery van outside a chemist in The Crescent around 2.55pm. The medication was contained in 2 red boxes and included 56 x 20mg Sevredol tablets, which are morphine-based painkillers, 3 x 500 ml of Methadone and 56 x 10mg and 5mg of Targinact tablets, which are strong painkillers and 4 x 20mgs of butrans patches, which are also strong painkillers. Merseyside Police would remind members of the public that taking medication that is not prescribed for you could cause serious harm or even prove fatal. The medication would also be particularly harmful if taken by children. If found please call Merseyside Police on:- 101, or take the medication to your nearest Pharmacy or Police Station.


MERSEYSIDE Police arrested a 37 year old woman, on 9 July 2013, on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a man's body in New Brighton, Wirral. Officers from the force were called to Egremont Promenade at 5.50am after a member of the public found a man aged in his 40s lying in the street with a head injury. Paramedics attended and pronounced the man dead at scene. The area where the man was found was immediately cordoned off and remains sealed for ongoing forensic examination. House-to-house and CCTV enquiries are being carried out by officers in the area and a number of roads remain closed to the public. The circumstances of the man's death are under investigation and a Home Office post mortem will be carried out later to establish a cause of death. The woman remains in police custody at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives in Wirral on:- 0151 777 2265 or call Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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