Open land search in Speke

Merseyside Police has recovered a firearm during an open land search in Speke.

Officers searching land at Millwood Woods found the weapon today (Thursday, 14 September) and it has been taken for forensic testing.

Inspector Andy Wignall said: "This recovery means yet another firearm has been taken off our streets and out of the hands of criminals who could have used it to cause fear, intimidation or harm in our communities. We are delighted to have removed it from circulation.

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"We will continue to be relentlessly proactive in finding all dangerous weapons using all available tactics. People who attempt to hide firearms in open spaces should be aware that we are putting significant resources into tackling gun crime on a daily basis, and our recent recoveries demonstrate that we will act on any information received to bring weapons off the streets.

"Information from our communities is absolutely vital so anyone with information about those involved in gun crime, or who knows where weapons are being stored, please contact us so that we can make our streets safer."

Anyone with information can contact the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Merseyside Police can confirm a team of specialist search trained officers are conducting an open land search in Millwood Woods, Speke today (Thursday, 14 September 2017).

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Local officers have been joined by Matrix officers in this latest crackdown on firearms.

While the search is ongoing, local residents are being spoken to by PCSTOs who reassured the community and requested intelligence about firearms.

Inspector Andy Wignall said: "Today's operation is another example of our commitment to reducing gun crime on Merseyside.

"We are conducting open land searches in Speke and will continue to carry out searches such as this to make our streets safer. Information from our communities is vital. If anyone has any information about guns, or where they are being stored, I would urge them to contact us so that we can make our streets safer.

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"We understand that people can be fearful of coming forward, but if you do not want to speak directly to police, please use the independent charity Crimestoppers, which is free and completely anonymous. You can make a real difference to your communities by telling us what you know, and we promise to act on all information provided."

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