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Armed police SHOOT OUT private hire vehicle tyres leading to arrest and firearm recovery

Merseyside Police have confirmed the arrest of a man and the recovery of a firearm, after a private hire vehicle had its tyres SHOT OUT by police on Walton Lane, Liverpool.

In a statement issued by Merseyside Police, it was revealed that armed officers conducted a pre-planned vehicle stop on the city-bound carriageway. The operation took place just before 1pm today.

During the intervention, a 26-year-old man was arrested from the PHV under suspicion of possessing a firearm. The police stated that a firearm, which is believed to be a self-loading pistol, was seized during the operation.

The firearm is now set for forensic analysis to assist further in the investigation.

Following the incident, a section of Walton Lane has been temporarily closed in both directions. Motorists have been advised to seek alternative routes and avoid the area to prevent congestion and delays.

Detective Inspector John Mullen said: “A tactical and safe stop of the vehicle was carried out on Walton Lane by trained armed police officers who shot out the tyres in a controlled manner.

“One man inside the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

“We are in the very early stages of our enquiries but removing firearms from the streets of Merseyside and keeping people safe remains a priority for the force.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience while this matter is being dealt with.”


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