Wirral man charged after armed police shoot out taxi tyres and make arrest for possession of gun

Police have charged a 26-year-old Wirral man with possession of a firearm following an incident on Walton Lane in Liverpool on Tuesday, 21 May.

Christopher James, of Bidston, has also been charged with possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life.

At just before 1pm on Tuesday, 21 May, a private hire taxi was safely stopped by armed police officers on the city-bound carriageway.

A firearm, believed to be a self-loading pistol, was recovered and will be forensically examined.

A section of Walton Lane was closed in both directions to allow for investigative work to be carried out and motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Detective Inspector John Mullen said, “A tactical and safe stop of the vehicle was carried out on Walton Lane by trained armed police officers who shot out the tyres in a controlled manner.

“One man inside the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

“We are in the very early stages of our enquiries but removing firearms from the streets of Merseyside and keeping people safe remains a priority for the force.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience while this matter is being dealt with.”

Christopher James was remanded into custody to appear at Sefton adult remand court on Wednesday, 22  May.

Image: Walton Lane, Liverpool. Credit: GOOGLE

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