Birkenhead man in serious condition after shooting

A man has been left in a serious condition after being shot on Merseyside.

Police found the 49-year-old local man on Borough Road, Birkenhead, after being called to reports of shots being fired at 22:45 BST on Wednesday.

The man was taken to hospital, where a police spokesman said he was in a serious but stable condition.

Forensic examination of the scene is taking place and police are conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen a silver van on Borough Road at the time of the incident that left the scene in the direction of the M53.

A silver van was discovered burned out on the Durley Road Industrial Estate in Prenton a short time later.

Det Insp Paul Unsworth said: "We believe this was a targeted incident that was part of an ongoing dispute.

"Firearms incidents in the Wirral are extremely rare and we are taking this very seriously."

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