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RECAP: Police probe fourth shooting in six days

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Police chief: We will not tolerate the criminal use of firearms on our streets

This is what Detective Superintendent Chris Green said to me when I asked him about the spate of shootings on Merseyside this week – this was yesterday, so before this latest gun attack.

“I would like to reassure the public on Merseyside that we will not tolerate the criminal use of firearms on our streets.

“That’s a message supported by the vast majority of residents across Merseyside. You will see a heightened police presence, which will continue through the weekend to both provide reassurance in affected areas but also taking positive action against those engaged in this type of serious and organised crime.

“Members of the public will see that visible presence which will supplement our ongoing overt and covert work that continues every single day.

“Officers and staff will be looking to gather intelligence from those communities and I would say please tell us all and any information you have specifically about these incidents or those suspected to be involved in gun crime – whether that’s the minding, storing, or movement of guns, the criminal use of a gun or involvement in gangs.”

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