Investigation launched following firearms discharge- Haydock
We can confirm an investigation is underway following reports of a firearms discharge in Haydock, St Helens today (Tuesday 17 April).
Officers were called shortly after 12.30am to reports that shots had been fired on Harty Road. Following a search of the area, evidence of a firearms discharge was located outside a property.
A short time later a 26-year-old man self-presented at hospital with a wound to his leg consistent with a firearm being discharged. He is currently receiving treatment for his injury which is described as non-life threatening.
An investigation into the exact circumstances is ongoing and a scene has been held while CCTV, house-to-house and forensic enquiries are carried out.
Chief Inspector Andy Rankine said: “An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding this incident is underway. I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the areas of Harty Street and Gleneagles Drive shortly before or after the incident to contact us, as any information they have could be vital to our investigation. Likewise if you saw a car in the area at that time, or making off at speed, or have any home CCTV or dashcam footage, let us know. I can assure you that all information will be acted upon.
"To use a firearm in a residential street is clearly reckless and we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
"We need communities to stand together to get these cowardly individuals off our streets and take firearms out of circulation. We have acted and will continue to act on all information about such incidents, but we need you to help us build up the evidence against these offenders who are prepared to put our communities at risk so that we can make the streets safer for you and your families."
Anyone with information can contact the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101, or contact officers on the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Information can also be provided via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.