Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson works to ensure everythin

Bill Esterson

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was confident that Merseyside Police was doing all they can to tackle gun crime in Maghull after the force made three arrests last week.

Merseyside Police announced last week that they had made three arrests in Maghull, Aintree and Netherton after the recent spate of shootings in East Sefton.

A number of properties in Maghull have been shot at in recent weeks and just last week a house in Melling was targeted in what Merseyside Police have now confirmed was a case of mistaken identity.

Bill Esterson is being regularly briefed by police.

After his latest briefing, Bill said he was confident everything was being done by the police in their war on gun crime.

Bill said: "The police now have a clear picture of just what is going on in relation to these shootings.

"We have seen a number of arrests in recent days and there is a continued increased police presence in the town with extra specialist Matrix teams on patrol throughout the area.

"As we would all expect, Merseyside Police is taking this very seriously and they are making clear their intention to crackdown on all forms of gun crime."

But Bill is still appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Bill said: "I have been contacted by people who are extremely concerned about recent incidents. Some have told me they are afraid to let their children even play in the garden because of the shootings.

"Maghull is a safe place to live. That's why it is where I have chosen to bring up my children.

"As the MP for the area, it is my duty to make sure that everything is being done to keep our streets safe.

"I am confident that Merseyside Police is doing what it can, and I am appealing to anyone with any information to come forward and speak to the police. The community has a responsibility here to. That's why we all need to work with the police. 

"We cannot live in a town where people are afraid to let their children out for fear they'll be caught in the cross fire of warring gangs.

"That's why we are all working together to make clear to those responsible that they are not welcome here and their activities will not be tolerated."