Explosive device safely detonated in New Brighton

Detectives from the specialist Merseyside Police County Lines Unit, Project Medusa, have charged two men after an explosive device was located at an address in Liverpool.

The device was removed by the Army Disposal team during the evening of Friday, 19 April.

At around 2.25pm officers from Operation Toxic carried out a search of a property on Ellis Place in Toxteth (pictured above) where they located an explosive device which was safely removed by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. 

A controlled explosion was then carried out in the New Brighton area.

Operation Toxic is part of Project Medusa – a Merseyside-led initiative set up to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation across the country. 

Two men were later arrested and charged with several drug offences.

Lain Estridge, aged 21, of Liverpool has been charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine, being concerned in the supply of heroin, possession with intent to sell heroin possession with intent to sell crack cocaine and possession of criminal property. 

Deljai Washington, aged 22, also of Liverpool has been charged with possession of an explosive substance for unlawful purpose, possession with intent to sell crack cocaine, possession of criminal property, being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin and possession with intent to sell cannabis. 

They were remanded into custody and appeared at Liverpool Adult Remand Court on Saturday, 20 April.  

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