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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-18-11

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Handgun found in Alleyway leads to teen being arrest

MERSEYSIDE Police, on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, where "acting on information received," at around 10.40pm, attended Linacre Lane and located a suspected imitation handgun in an alleyway. As a result a 16 year old, from Bootle, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and was taken to a Police Station for further questioning by detectives.  Upon examination, it was found to be a high powered BB gun.

Detective Inspector Robbie Moss:- "This latest recovery means there is 1 less firearm on our streets, and continues our recent successes in recovering real and imitation firearms. While this is an imitation weapon, it could have been used to create fear in our communities, and potentially used in serious and organised criminality. It's discovery shows yet again how vital that information from the community can be in our fight against gun crime. We continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those involved in gun crime and will continue to respond to information to make our streets safer. I'd urge anyone who has any information about firearms in their community, to get in contact with Officers from the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Gun Crime Hotline on:- 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111."

Did you know that:- Since 2007, Violent Crime Reduction (VCR 2017) have brought in harder penalties for breaking the laws governing airguns are severe and rightfully so. Penalties in the UK are under the jurisdiction of the full firearms laws. Also since the implementation of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, 2003, it is now illegal to have an airgun loaded or not in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. In simple terms, airguns are regarded by the legal authorities as firearms, and carry exactly the same legal status as shotguns and live ammunition guns, with no concession in law for the airguns vastly reduced power levels. Criminals using airguns face huge penalties, including terms in prison, again fully in line with the laws covering firearms.


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