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Friday, 02 November 2012 (3032215)
Police raid drama
by Natasha Young


A 51-YEAR-old man who was arrested after a raid at his Birkdale home has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Merseyside Police officers were assisted by the army's Explosive Ordinance Division (EOD) as they searched his Liverpool Road property throughout the day on Thursday, November 1, and recovered a crossbow and a handgun.

Two handmade taser-like devices, several flares and a “small amount of chemical substances” were also seized from the address after officers executed a search warrant at around 10am, and the chemicals have been taken to a laboratory for testing.

The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled drug, and was taken to a police station for questioning by detectives before later being sectioned.

Police, along with the EOD and also Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service who provided advice and guidance, continued the search until 7.30pm.

Following the raid on Thursday, Detective Inspector Rob Hill said: “The action taken today is the result of an extensive investigation by detectives and is an example of the force's commitment to tackling serious criminality.

”The use of firearms blights our communities and puts law-abiding people at risk. Merseyside Police is fully committed to pursuing those involved in serious organised crime and will act on all information provided.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their patience and co-operation during today's operation.”

Anyone who has information about organised crime or gun crime in Merseyside is asked to call Matrix on 0151 777 5699 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.






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