Man arrested after shots fired in Kirkby

Detectives have arrested a man after shots were fired at a house in Kirkby last night, Tuesday 22 February.

At around 10.30pm officers received a report that shots were fired at the door of a house on Heathfield Drive after two loud bangs were heard outside at around 9.50pm.

Police attended the house and evidence consistent with shots being fired was found. No injuries were reported.

Following extensive police enquiries, a 19-year-old man from Kirkby has been arrested today (Wednesday 23 February) on suspicion of possession of criminal damage and suspicion of possession of a Section 1 firearm. 

CCTV, forensic and house-to-house enquiries remain ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Patrols have also been stepped up in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

Detective Inspector John Fitzgerald said, “The swift arrest today shows that where people seek to use dangerous weapons to cause fear and harm in our communities we will take action and bring those responsible to justice.

“Although an arrest has been made, detectives are working tirelessly to investigate this incident. Firing a gun in a residential street is extremely reckless and dangerous and could have led to more tragic circumstances.

“Given this happened in a residential area and there will likely be people who witnessed the incident or know who is responsible. I urge those people to come forward, either directly to the police, or via Crimestoppers. 

“Please check your CCTV, dashcam or other devices and if you see anything or anyone suspicious please let us know. Any information you provide, however, insignificant it may seem, could be vital to our investigation. 

“We will act on all information provided on gun crime to remove weapons and those who use them from the community. Please come forward with what you know, directly or anonymously, and we will do the rest.”

If you have any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage or information about this incident, please DM the police social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ quoting incident reference 22000131009.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

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