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Police appeal for information after firearm discharge in Kirkby

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a shooting in Kirkby on Wednesday 7 February.

At around 2.50pm, a report was received of shots being fired in James Holt Avenue. Armed officers went to the scene and confirmed that damage was caused to a convenience store consistent with a firearm. No persons have yet been reported as injured in the incident.

Officers remain in the area to carry out witness, CCTV and forensic enquiries and provide reassurance to the community.

Chief Inspector Paul Sutcliffe said: "This investigation is in its very early stages and I want to appeal to the community for any information to come forward. This incident happened in broad daylight on a busy road and people will have been passing on foot or in vehicles.

"The use of firearms on the streets of Merseyside will never be tolerated by the police or the communities we serve and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a scrambler bike ridden in the area around 3pm, which is believed to have been ridden towards the direction of Westhead Avenue, and may be connected to this incident.

"It is only through sheer good fortune that no-one was injured this afternoon. People were going about their daily business, and the criminal actions of those involved have put their own community at risk.

"We will be relentless in our pursuit of people involved in gun crime and I would urge the community to tell us who is involved and where these firearms are so that we can continue to take action."

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form anonymously: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.

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