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Kirkby shooting: Teenagers arrested for possessing firearm

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Image caption Police received a report that person was seen with a firearm in Beech Rise, Kirkby

Two boys, aged 13, have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Merseyside Police said they had received reports that a person had been seen with a firearm in Beech Rise, Kirkby, at about 05:20 BST.

A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of burglary offences and possessing a firearm.

Officers also held a man, 38, from Litherland on suspicion of conspiracy to import and supply controlled drugs after 15kg of cannabis resin was found.

A 24-year-old man from Kirkby was also arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis.

'Brazen' act

The arrests were part of a police operation targeted at organised crime groups after about 80 shootings in Merseyside since April - 39 of which have led to people being injured.

Five men have also died following various gun attacks including 18-year-old Yusuf Sonko in Toxteth on 2 June.

Detectives are also appealing for witnesses following a shooting in Croxteth at about 14:30 BST on Friday near the junction of Armill Road and Sovereign Road. No one was injured.

Det Insp Nick Suffield said: "If someone has been brazen enough to fire a shotgun in the middle of the afternoon on a residential street we need to find them urgently."

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