Two more arrests as shooting investigation continues

Officers engaged in disruption activity following a shooting in Old Swan have arrested two more people on suspicion of drugs offences.

Just before 4.30pm on Monday, 29 January, it was reported a man entered a flat on Haslingden Close and shot at a man inside.

The victim was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital via air ambulance with a serious gunshot injury to his face. He remains in a critical condition.

Officers making enquiries linked to the shooting have now made a total of four arrests.

A Misuse of Drugs Act warrant was executed at a flat on Back Colquitt Street in Liverpool city centre at 12.30am on Thursday, 1 February, where a significant quantity of cash was discovered. A large amount of cannabis, a flick knife, and high-value items such as a watch have also been seized.

A man and woman inside the flat were detained.

A 28-year-old man from Liverpool and a 37-year-old woman from Widnes were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (cannabis), possession of criminal property and possession of a bladed article in a dwelling. They have been taken into custody to be interviewed.

On Tuesday, 30 January, officers recovered a significant quantity of cash, suspected Class A drugs and multiple mobile phones at an address in Old Swan in the early hours, as well as items associated with the supply of drugs. A 53-year-old man from Garston was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, and possession of criminal property. A 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug. They have both been conditionally bailed.

Detective Chief Inspector Cath Cummings said, “There is no hiding place in Merseyside for people who deal drugs, or who are involved in serious and organised crime.

“We know that those involved in the sale of illicit drugs often resort to violence and the use of weapons to intimidate their rivals and vulnerable drug users.
“We carry out warrants, stop searches, arrests and land searches all year round to disrupt their activities and bring to justice those determined to cause fear and harm in the heart of our communities.”

Det Chief Insp Cummings added, “Our enquiries into the shooting on Haslingden Close are continuing and I would like to appeal again to anyone who was in the area and saw the incident or anything or anyone suspicious to come forward and let us know.

“If you have doorbell or dashcam footage and live in the area then please review it and tell us if you see anything. Information you hold could be vital to our investigation.

“Likewise, if you were travelling through the area of Haslingden Close between 4.10-4.40pm on Monday and have dashcam footage, please get in touch.

“Speak to our officers directly or come forward anonymously and we will take swift action to remove dangerous weapons and those who use them from our streets.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook quoting reference 24000128746.

You can also use the following link to send us any footage: https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/merseyside/appeal/appeal-for-information-relating-to-shooting-on-haslingden-close-old-swan

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