3 males sentenced over from
Formby, Southport and Bootle for firearms offences
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that 3 men have been
sentenced to 21 and ˝ years for firearms offences.
Malcolm Graham, 19 years, of Albert Road, Southport, was sentenced to 11 years,
at Liverpool Crown Court, on 2 August 2016, for possession of a prohibited
firearm (a Baikal self loading pistol); possession of a firearm without a
firearms certificate; possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate
and 2 counts of Section 20 wounding.
Lewis Clarke, aged 18 years, of Southport Road, Formby, was sentenced to 7 and ˝
years after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm (Baikal self
loading pistol); possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate;
possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of
ammunition with intent to cause fear of violence. He fired a blank firing pistol
which contained a homemade bullet during a dispute at a friend's house in
Gardner Road, Formby, on 14 May 2015.
Adam Mercer, 22 years, of Cullen Avenue, Bootle, was sentenced to
3 years for affray, and possession of a firearm without a firearms certificate
after pleading guilty.
Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Richie Jones,
said:- "The sentencing of these 3 offenders sends out a strong message to
those involved in gun crime; Merseyside Police is committed to taking those
involved in gun crime off the streets. Malcolm Graham and Lewis Clark were both
linked by DNA, photographs and video to a Baikal self loading pistol, which just
3 weeks before it came in to their possession had been used to murder Kevin
Wilson, on Smithdown Road, in February 2015. These 3 thought they were
untouchable and were seen in photographs on phones owned by Graham and Clarke
with the weapons. Mercer was also
videoed on the phone snorting cocaine off a
sawn off shotgun."
DI Richie Jones added:- "Alongside the firearms offences
Malcolm Graham was sentenced for 2 section 20 assaults, 1 was on a prison inmate
and the other was an assault on Adam Mercer. People like Malcolm Graham, and
those he associates with, have a complete disregard for each other, as you can
see from the assault on Mercer, let alone other members of the public. They use
fear, violence and intimidation to get what they want and think they can do what
they want without any come back. They couldn't be more wrong and I would like to
reassure the public that Merseyside Police is committed to taking people like
Graham and his associates off our streets, but we need the information to help
us do that. Tackling gun crime is a priority for Merseyside Police and we will
act on all information reported to us through Crimestoppers. Anyone with
information about gun crime, or those involved in any way with firearms, can
contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on:- 0800 230 0600, or
Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."
Appeal for information after
motorbike is stolen
MERSEYSIDE Police are now investigating
yet another motorbike theft in Southport. This time the motorbike was stolen
from a property on Marsden Road, Southport, between 11pm, on Tuesday, 26 July
and 7am, on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. The bike is a Triumph Bonneville Scrambler,
in blue, with an Arrow exhaust. We are to that it was taken from a garage at the
rear of a property. Enquiries have been carried out and Officers in Sefton have
released a photograph to the media, of the bike, in a bid to trace it. They are
also investigating following an attempted burglary at a garage at the rear of a
property in Hesketh Road, which took place at around 1.25am, also on 27 July
2016. It is believed that the occupier of the house may have disturbed the
offenders who are described as males wearing dark clothing with hats and scarves
covering their faces. Merseyside Police is also reminding owners of motorbikes
and scooters to make sure their vehicles are safely secured when not in use and
to use heavy duty chains, disc alarms and security markings to act as a
deterrent to offenders and to make it easier for them to be located if their
bike is stolen. Anyone with information in relation to either incident is asked
to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 or the confidential Crimestoppers line
on:- 0800 555 111.
Firearms Officers called out
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that
Armed Officers carried out a search of part of Southport Town Centre, on 1
August 2016, after a member of the public reported seeing a man armed with what
they believed was a hand gun. The passer by called:- 999, about at 4.12pm, to
report that he had seen the man in Wright Street hiding what he thought was a
firearm underneath his clothing, before walking off towards the Train Station.
The witness passed on a detailed description of the man and patrols were
deployed to the area to search for anyone matching that description. A short
time later a man was detained by officers on Lord Street and searched. He was
found not to be in possession of a firearm or any other weapon and, having
co-operated fully, was allowed to leave. The initial report to 999 is being
treated as well intentioned and Officers have updated the member of the public
as to the outcome of the Police Search.
Sports stars back City's Commonwealth Games
AN array of sporting stars are backing
Liverpool's proposed bid to stage the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Hotly tipped Rio
heptathlon hopeful Katarina Johnson Thompson, 3 times ABA Heavyweight Champion
Tony Bellew, Olympian Beth Tweddle along with football legends Jamie Carragher
and Graeme Sharp have all agreed to act as Ambassadors for the bid which could
be submitted in around 13 months.
Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "Liverpool is an ambitious City and I believe we
have an enormous amount to offer when it comes to hosting an event of this scale
which would be an incredibly important catalyst for regeneration, investment and
raising the profile of sport. The Games will reflect our growing confidence and
expertise in organising large events which create memories for a lifetime and
bring the world together, with opportunities for people and places across the
City Region. I'm delighted that we already have a raft of local sporting heroes
backing our plans and our aim to host the most inclusive Commonwealth Games ever
The 1st steps of the potential bidding process will see a Project Director
appointed to oversee the entire bid and an independent consultancy firm
recruited to carry out a full feasibility study. This will include an assessment
of the City's infrastructure against the technical requirements set out by the
Commonwealth Games Federation, as well as a financial appraisal looking at all
the key factors required to deliver the high profile event.
The Project Director will also bring together a dedicated key stakeholder group
which will consist of industry experts who will support and guide the
consultants over the next 6 months.
Former host Commonwealth Games cities will be approached so lessons can be
learned around their 1st hand experiences of staging the event, as well as UK
Sport and Commonwealth Games England.
A final decision as to whether Liverpool will be nominated as the UK City to bid
for the Games will be made in September 2018, with the ultimate decision as to
who will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games confirmed in September 2019. This
decision is taken by the Commonwealth Games General Assembly.
What the Ambassadors say:- "I would be so proud if my hometown of
Liverpool was named as the host City for 1 of the biggest sporting events in the
world. Liverpool is an amazing place that people from all over the Commonwealth
would love. The City is synonymous with sport, the people are so welcoming and
there's nowhere better for the Commonwealth Games to take place in so I'm
delighted to act as an ambassador for the bid."
Katarina Johnson Thompson, European champion specialising in the heptathlon:-
"I think this is great for the City and something for the next generation of
athletes in Liverpool and the entire country to look forward to. The
Commonwealth Games is a huge event with massive media coverage that can help
propel an athlete into the public eye. I am a former Commonwealth Champion as a
professional and I fully understand its importance. I am definitely backing
Liverpool's bid to host the games."
Tony Bellew, newly crowned WBC World Cruiserweight Champion:- "I'm
delighted to get behind Liverpool's bid for the 2026 Commonwealth games.
Liverpool is a sporting city, consistently producing world class sports men and
women. It's obvious to me that Liverpool is the perfect place to host the 2026
Commonwealth Games. The bid is a great example of Joe Anderson's commitment to
sport across the City region."
Jamie Carragher, Liverpool and England legend:- "I have really fond
memories of the Commonwealth Games, particularly after winning Gold in
Manchester back in 2002, and it would be a massive coup for Liverpool to be host
city. Having trained and competed in Liverpool, I know that both competitors and
visitors will have an unforgettable experience here. It is an honour for me to
be an ambassador for the bid."
Beth Tweddle MBE, professional gymnast and 3 times World Champion:-
"Liverpool is an ambitious city, and has a good track record in recent years in
delivering large scale events. It would be fantastic for the City and its people
if Liverpool was given the honour of hosting the Commonwealth Games. I've seen
what the Games has done for my home city, Glasgow, so I am right behind this
bid, as I'm sure everyone in the sporting community will be."
Graeme Sharp, former footballer and Everton Football Club's leading post war
goal scorer... And it's not only sporting legends who are backing the bid.
Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, (who was in the role when
Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2002) has expressed his support for
Liverpool's bid. He said:- "Manchester and Liverpool might have a long
tradition of sporting rivalry, but Liverpool's bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth
Games has Manchester's wholehearted support. As great northern cities just down
the M62 from each other, we recognise that what's good for one City is good for
both and the North West of England. Playing host to this major international
celebration of sport will provide a boost not just to Liverpool but the region
as a whole. Manchester's hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games had a profound
legacy for communities and residents. It was a catalyst to the regeneration of
east Manchester and resulted in a concentration of top class sporting facilities
for grassroots as well as elite use which have helped increase participation in
sport and aspirations. I'm sure Liverpool will be equally focused on legacy and
as neighbours we would be happy to offer any support we can."