Teenager arrested on suspicion of firearm and other offences following incidents in Bootle

**Published, Monday 17 September at 10.30am**

We have arrested a teenager on suspicion of firearms and other offences following an incident in Bootle yesterday, Sunday 16 September.

At around 5.30pm, a call was received stating that two males had been sighted on a suspected stolen orange motorbike in possession of a firearm at the junction of Commercial Road and Stanley Road.

Officers, assisted by Citywatch and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, tracked the males to Alonso Road, where the rider was observed switching to a pedal cycle. He was detained by officers on Melrose Road. Enquiries are ongoing to locate the motorbike and the second person believed to have been involved.

A 15-year-old male from Kensington was arrested on suspicion of possession of a section 1 firearm, dangerous driving, unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle. He was also arrested on a separate matter of possession of a firearm and witness intimidation after an air rifle was allegedly fired towards a 16-year-old male on Olivia Street in Bootle at around 3.15pm on Friday, 14 September, causing no injury.

He remains in custody awaiting questioning by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: "These are serious incidents which have caused alarm and distress to those involved and to anyone who saw them happening. We are determined to put those responsible before the courts and will act on all information provided. If you witnessed these incidents or have any information please come forward and let us do the rest.

"The use of firearms on our streets will never be tolerated, regardless of whether they are air weapons, imitation firearms or real. All such weapons are used to create fear and intimidation in our communities, and they are the people who suffer the impact."

Anyone who witnessed either incident is asked to come forward to @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 18200193802 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.