Sentencing of Paul Croxton and others
Following a number of firearm discharges in and around the
Maghull area in March last year the force stated it would find
those responsible and put them before the courts.
Last week three men were sentenced to 88 years in prison after
being found guilty of the murder of 31-year-old Jason Osu in
November 2012. Mr Osu was shot as he was parking his car in his
driveway on Beauclair Drive in Wavertree on Monday, 19 November
2012. He died in hospital on Monday, 26 November as a result of his
Following the launch of a murder investigation three men,
22-year-old Paul Croxton, 54-year-old George McGovern and
30-year-old Thomas White, were charged with Jason's murder.
Mr Croxton was also found guilty of committing the series of
shootings in and around the Maghull area. The addresses targeted
were linked to association from an organised crime group.
Detective Superintendent Richie Salter, who led the
investigation into the Maghull shootings, said: "This was a complex
and difficult investigation and we are pleased with the verdicts
returned by the jury.
"Croxton carried out these shootings without any thought for the
local community. In fact during one of the incidents at Fern Bank
one of the bullets fired at an address hit the neighbouring
property and went through a downstairs window. Fortunately the
occupant of this address, who was completely innocent and not
involved in organised crime whatsoever, was upstairs at the time,
but it could easily have been a different story.
"Since April 2013 we have seen a 40 per cent decrease* in the
number of firearms discharges in Merseyside. But we will not rest
on our laurels and will continue to do everything within our power
to find those who are prepared to endanger lives and take them and
their weapons off our streets.
"Merseyside Police has recently consolidated its resources
involved in the investigation and disruption of those who commit
serious and organised crime. As a result we now have a substantial
team (Matrix Serious Organised Crime team) who are solely committed
to taking people like this off our streets and putting them behind
bars. We are resolute in our aim to make our streets safer."
Sefton Area Commander Temporary Chief Superintendent Kevin
Johnson, said: "Following these shootings the force put significant
resources in to policing the streets of Sefton, whilst an intensive
investigation was put in place to identify and arrest those
responsible. During the investigation the Sefton community was
supportive of the police activity and we worked closely with Sefton
Council to ensure that communities were kept informed and reassured
"There is no place in our communities for people who commit such
violent and horrendous crimes. This man brought fear to a community
and, as this case has proven, we will not standby and watch people
like Croxton create a climate of fear and intimidation. The people
of Sefton should take comfort in the fact all these men are behind
Anyone who has information about those involved in gun crime on
Merseyside can contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on
0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.