Labour MP Bill Esterson gets assurances from Merseyside Police t

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has had assurances from Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke today that Merseyside Police is doing all they can to tackle gun crime in Maghull.

Asst Ch Con Cooke's assurances come after the latest shooting in Maghull on Thursday evening.

In the latest incidents, the windows of a house on Fernbank Road were targeted at 11.30pm on Thursday evening and around the same time, police received reports the front door of a house on Moorland Road had been shot at - less than two miles away.

This came just days after a house on Parkbourn Square was shot at at 12.15am the previous Monday. A window at the house was broken in the shooting and a car which was reportedly involved in the incident was found burnt-out in Pilling Lane.

This is the sixth shooting in Maghull in 12 months - the third in one week.

Bill Esterson said: "Asst Ch Con Cooke has today given me his assurances that Merseyside Police is doing everything they can to tackle gun crime in Maghull.

"I live in Maghull with two young children and I am as worried as anyone at the news about shootings in this town. 

"I have already spoken to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner about the gun crime and its impact on the people of Maghull and rest assured I shall be lobbying the police and the government to make sure that gun crime is tackled so that we are protected. 

"The police have recovered three guns across Merseyside and have assured me that they are doing all they can to tackle the perpetrators.

"It is also important to say that Sefton Council is sharing its CCTV coverage with the police, which will help to identify who has committed these crimes. The police believe that these are targeted attacks. However, there is always the danger of someone not involved in whatever dispute has led to the shootings being hurt or killed.

"That is why I shall be working closely with the police and with the government to do everything I can to keep this community safe."

Bill urged anyone with any information to speak to the police.

Bill said: "The police want to hear from anyone with any information that could help them find and deal with the people responsible for these shootings.

"People can speak to the police directly, you don't even have to give your name, or you can leave information anonymously on the CrimeStoppers number which is 0800 555 111.

"Maghull is a great place to live. We must all play our part in doing all we can to ensure that we get over these problems and ensure that we keep Maghull as a lovely place to live."



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