Kirkby shooting 'could be part of gangland feud'

Officers from two forces are investigating whether a pub shooting, an arson attack and hammer assault are part of a gang feud in Merseyside.

Merseyside Police believe the three incidents which took place over the weekend could be linked.

The shooting victim had shotgun pellet wounds in his legs, the man attacked with the hammer suffered head injuries and two dogs were killed in the fire.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

The shooting took place at a pub in the Moorfield area of Kirkby on Merseyside at 00:10 GMT when a 29-year-old man was wounded.

Just over 24 hours later two people had to flee a house on Outlet Lane, Bickerstaffe, Lancashire after a downstairs room was set alight.

'Unacceptable violence'

Two of the family's Jack Russell dogs died in the suspected arson attack.

On Sunday a 21-year-old man was attacked with a hammer at 08:45 GMT in Whitfield Drive, Kirkby.

The injured man is being treated for head injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

Supt Mark Harrison said: "While the investigations for each incident are at early stages, we are working closely with our partners in Lancashire Constabulary, as it's possible that they are linked and as a result of an on-going dispute between crime groups.

"I'm sure most residents would agree that such violence on our streets in unacceptable and these must be brought to justice."

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