(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Merseyside Police #OPTARGET Report: Police are joined by partners in proactive open land search following reports of anti-social behaviour and arrest a man later with a gun in his garden shed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.17: “ The day consisted of officers and staff from Incredible Edible searching the park for any weapons or signs that something illegal was being hidden here, as well as keeping an eye out for those involved in criminal damage and antisocial behaviour.” Sergeant Phil Kelly said:

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Merseyside Officers OP TARGET Report: Police are joined by partners in proactive open land search as officers kick started the week with a high visibility open land search around Court Hey Park in Knowsley today (15th Feb) following reports of antisocial behaviour in the area’ and at midnight raid in Bootle has resulted in an arrest of a man in his 50s as well as the recovery of a gun which was found hidden in his garden shed’

These proactive searches are used frequently and can involve resources including dogs units, metal detectorists, quad bike patrols and more traditionally, officers on foot. They are specifically designed in a way which focuses on specific areas and are aimed at locating any illegal items that could be hidden in various open spaces.

Sgt Kelly continued “If a knife or gun are hidden here for example, risk is not only put on the criminals that are using the weapons but also innocent members of the community who could stumble across this and injure themselves.

“It is therefore our responsibility to conduct these proactive deployments which is helped by you giving us information that we could use to further safeguard all those using the park.

“On this occasion, nothing was found, but I take this as a positive as it means that the park is safe – but we know one search isn’t going to solve community concerns, therefore we will continue to work with Knowsley Council and other partners to carry out our proactive #OpTarget deployments as often as we can.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said “These open land searches are vital in order to recover weapons that could be used in criminal activities. Thankfully nothing was found in the search at Court Hey Park, but it sends out a reassuring message to our communities that we are working with our partners and we are being proactive in our fight against crime.”Anyone that knows someone involved in crime should do the right thing and get in touch.

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OP TARGET: Man arrested as gun found hidden in garden shed

“Help us make our streets a safer place for all.” #OpTarget

Officers descended on the property on Chester Avenue this morning (16th Feb). 

They entered the home, detained the 52 year old occupant and commenced a search. Whilst in the shed, officers found a handgun wrapped in a tea towel which was hidden underneath a piece of carpet. Along with this, a magazine containing three 9mm rounds of ammunition and two bags of suspected cocaine were seized. 

Armed Response Officers attended and forensically recovered the gun which was then taken away for further investigation. 

The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without certificate and possession of a Class A drug. He remains in custody at this time. 

Sefton’s Superintendent Graeme Robson said “This is a great result and I am extremely thankful that another weapon has been taken off our streets before someone could have been seriously injured or killed by it: “ Owning any weapon puts you and the wider public in significant danger and I continue to ask our communities to do the right thing and report anyone they know that might be storing or using one: “ We have in the past seen guns ruin lives here in Merseyside and if we do not act now and get them off our streets, whilst educating young people that this isn’t normal behaviour, it will be too late and we cannot risk another life being taken away as a result of gun crime.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Feb.17: 2021:

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