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Handgun and ammo seized in raid on north Liverpool house

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 02/12/2019 Max Clements

Three people have been arrested, including a 16-year-old, after police recovered a pistol and ammunition from a house in north Liverpool.

Officers carried out a search at 9.30am today at an address in Fazakerley where they found the weapon and bullets stashed in a bag.

A 29 year-old man, a 16-year old male and a 19-year old woman, all from Fazakerley , have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a section 1 firearm without a licence.

Ammunition found by police during a search at a house in Fazakerley © Merseyside Police Ammunition found by police during a search at a house in Fazakerley

They were also arrested on suspicion of possession of prohibited ammunition, and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

The seized items have now been removed and will be taken for forensic examination.

A cordon remains in place while police carry out further enquiries in the area. 

A police spokesperson said: "We have seized a handgun and ammunition, and arrested a man after a warrant was executed in Fazakerley this morning.

"Officers executed the warrant at about 9.30am and following a search of the property, located a bag containing the pistol and ammunition.

"The items have been removed safely from the property and taken for forensic examination. A scene remains in place while enquiries continue in the area.

a close up of a gun: The gun recovered by officers at an address in Fazakerley on Monday 2 December. © Merseyside Police The gun recovered by officers at an address in Fazakerley on Monday 2 December.

"A 29-year-old man, a 16-year-old male and a 19-year-old woman, all from Fazakerley, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a Section 1 firearm without a licence, possession of prohibited ammunition, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

"They have been taken to be interviewed at a police station in Merseyside."

Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: "After a number of shootings in Merseyside in the past week, it is extremely satisfying to see a gun and bullets taken out of circulation, and a man in custody being questioned about firearms offences.

“Our forensic team will now carry out an examination of the firearm and ammunition to establish whether it linked to any recent incidents involving firearms, or any offenders.

“I want to reassure the public that warrants such as this are just one part of a determined effort to rid our streets of firearms. On a daily basis we are targeting those involved in serious and organised crime including people who care so little about the communities they live in that they are prepared to use guns, and store them.

“These people have no place in our communities and it is vital that people continue to come forward with information so we can put them before the courts.

"If anyone has any information about firearms, those involved in gun crime, or who knows where weapons are being stored, please get in touch."

Anyone with information on where firearms are being stored is asked to contact Merseyside Police via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC, on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information . In an emergency, always call 999.

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