Maghull shooting: Attempted murder charges dropped

Charges have been dropped against a man and a boy who were accused of attempted murder after a teenager was shot in the head outside a Merseyside school.

The 19-year-old victim was shot after the car he was driving crashed with another outside Maricourt Catholic High in Maghull in November.

Paul Binsteed, 24, of no fixed abode, and a 16-year-old youth who cannot be named, were subsequently charged.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was insufficient evidence.

Witness issues

Helen Morris, Crown Advocate from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: "Merseyside Police carried out a thorough investigation, including submitting numerous items seized for forensic examination.

"When the evidence was submitted to the CPS for review it was apparent that, due to witness issues, there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against either suspect and therefore I made the decision to stop the case.

"CPS Mersey-Cheshire, working closely with Merseyside Police, is committed to bringing to justice those who use lethal weapons on our streets.

"Members of the public are urged to come forward with information to assist in this endeavour."

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