PCC statement following fatal shooting in Wavertree

Merseyside / October 18

Merseyside's Police Commissioner has appealed for people to come forward following the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man in Wavertree last night.

Jane Kennedy said: “Another young man has been savagely murdered. I know that in all these shocking crimes a family is in mourning and my first thoughts are sadness for his family.

“I am in close contact with Merseyside Police and I know that everything is being done to bring those responsible to justice.

“This outbreak of violence is unacceptable. I understand the fear and anxiety it causes among ordinary decent people. The violence is almost always linked to organised criminal gangs whose cruelty is completely rejected by the public. However each incident in which a firearm is used places innocent bystanders at risk and I am acutely aware of the dangers faced by communities where such weapons are used.

“Merseyside Police will relentlessly pursue those who take up lethal weapons. Any person who can assist the police with information should come forward. Many already do so. All information is helpful, no matter how small. Please do tell the police, call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

“The numbers of crimes both here and across the country continues to rise, as confirmed by today’s ONS crime statistics. Murders nationally are at the highest in a decade. Violent crime statistics have also gone up. The Government has left all forces woefully underfunded and Merseyside is amongst the worst hit. The Chief Constable tells me the Force is now more stretched than at any other time in his 33 years’ experience. However both he and his officers and staff are completely focussed on hounding those responsible for the violence off our streets, seizing the weapons, tracking the network of criminals behind the attacks and bringing justice for the families affected.”

For more information visit the Merseyside Police website or follow their twitter account at @MerseyPolice. You can also give information via twitter at @MerPolCC