Appeal for information following firearms discharge - Bootle

We are appealing for information following a firearms discharge in the Bootle area this evening, Monday 16 April.

A report was received at around 6.50pm that shots had been fired at a vehicle outside a property on Celia street.

Officers attended and evidence consistent with a firearms discharge was found. No injuries have been reported at this stage.

A black scrambler bike was seen making off in the direction of Marsh Street at the time of the incident and officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the scrambler bike, or who may have information which could help them with their enquiries.

An investigation is currently underway and house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are ongoing in the local area.

Chief Inspector Jason Crellin said: “We are currently in the process of establishing the exact circumstances and officers are in the area while a scene is preserved and enquiries are carried out.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously in Celia Street and the surrounding area this evening, or saw a scrambler bike in the area. Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital to the investigation.

“Tackling the issue of gun crime is a top priority for the force and we will continue to target those people who are intent on bringing guns onto the streets and causing harm in our communities. But we need those communities to assist us and give information about where guns are being stored and who is involved in gun crime.

“You can call our dedicated hotline or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. Information from our communities is vital in identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice, enabling us to take people these people and their weapons off the streets.”

Anyone with any information that could help the police investigation is asked to contact @MerPolCC, the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.