Man arrested and murder
investigation opened following shooting
MERSEYSIDE Police Officers, on Friday,
29 April, in the Walton area of Liverpool have carried out a warrant as part of
pro-active work in the area following the shooting of Mark Thomas Hillman.
We have since been told that a 16 year old youth was arrested at an address in
Walton, on suspicion of possession of ammunition and possession of class A
drugs, with intent to supply and possession of Class B. We have also been told,
by Merseyside Police, that a quantity, of what is thought to be Class A and B
drugs, were also found at the address and have been recovered for analysis.
Superintendent Mark Morgan from Liverpool Command team said:- "Our
commitment is to protect the lives and the livelihoods of the communities in
this area, and as I said following the murder of Mark Hillman, we will be
carrying out this type of activity day in day out, to disrupt the lives and
activities of those involved in serious and organised crime. I want to reassure
the law abiding communities of the area that we will continue our fight against
those who continue to make other people's lives a misery through firearms, drugs
and serious and organised crime. I'd like to continue my appeal to anyone in the
community who may have information about the murder of Mark Hillman, or any
information about criminal activity in their area, to get in contact and as we
have done today, we will take proactive steps to remove these people our streets
and bring them to justice."
We are tld that Mark Thomas Hillmanw as found lying on the pavement in Lloyd
Close with serious injuries to his upper body, at around 5.15pm, on Wednesday,
27 April 2016, after a member of the public reported hearing several loud
bangs.On arrival Police Officers are repoted to have gave the man First Aid,
before Paramedics attended and took him to the Royal Liverpool University
Hospital. The 26 year old from the Kirkdale area of Everton was pronounced dead
a short time later.
Detectives still are carrying out house to house enquiries to see if anyone saw
or heard anything suspicious and looking over CCTV from the surrounding area.
Detective Superintendent Lee Turner from MSOC said:- "A young man has lost
his life and we are doing everything we can to bring the person or persons
responsible to justice. It is still the very early stages of a major
investigation and we need the public's help in identifying who was in Lloyd
Close at the time this incident happened. I would urge anyone living in the
street or nearby or anyone passing by who saw or heard anything suspicious to
please do the right thing and come forward. Even the most trivial or
insignificant piece of information could be important and help us bring the
perpetrators to justice. The use of firearms on the streets of our communities
will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and we will relentlessly pursue all
those Involved in serious and organised crime such as this. We need the public's
help in finding who these people are and where they hide their weapons. If
anyone has any information about this murder please call us."
If you have any information about the murder of Mark Hillman or any serious or
organised crime in your area, please contact the MSOC gun crime hotline on:-
0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.