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Liverpool police arrest 32 in organised crime crackdown

Following Olivia Pratt-tragic Korbel’s shooting, police in Liverpool have made more than 30 arrests in the last 24 hours as part of a crackdown on organized crime.

Merseyside Police reported making 32 arrests, conducting 66 stop-and-searches, carrying out 11 warrant executions, and seizing eight cars.

It happens after nine-year-old Olivia was fatally shot in her Dovecot home last week.

In the ongoing campaign against gangs, 202 persons have already been taken into custody.

On Saturday, two men suspected of killing Olivia were released on bond.

After a shooter pursued a guy into the schoolgirl’s house, neither of whom having any connection to her family, the schoolgirl was tragically shot.

Cheryl, her 46-year-old mother, was shot as she attempted to close the door, but the perpetrator continued to fire.

Her murder, according to Liverpool West Derby Labour MP Ian Byrne, was “horrendous and pointless,” he told BBC North West Today.

Everyone’s heart goes out to the family, he said.

Olivia was one of four individuals slain in Merseyside in a week.

Sam Rimmer, 22, was shot on August 16 in Dingle, while Ashley Dale, 28, was discovered with gunshot wounds in the early morning hours of August 21 in the backyard of her Old Swan residence.

After being stabbed in a Kirkby pub parking lot the next day, Karen Dempsey, 55, passed away in the hospital.

The most recent arrests were made as part of Operation Miller, the police force’s initiative to combat local organized crime.

A 31-year-old Old Swan man was detained on suspicion of having both illegal items and an offensive weapon.

He was detained when police searched his residence and discovered a lock knife, more than £9,000 in cash, some white substance, and cannabis.

Following a search, a 33-year-old Dovecot man was detained when it was claimed that he was in possession of a Rolex watch that was thought to have been stolen.

On suspicion of aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, hazardous driving, possession of a bladed object, and assaulting police, two males, ages 18 and 22, from Wavertree and Speke, respectively, were detained.

Organised criminal gangs, according to Det Ch Supt Mark Kameen, “blight the lives of respectable, law-abiding people of the society.”

Additionally, officers have been stationed on important arteries leading into and out of the city with the goal of catching organized criminal figures.

Following an increase in violence, the government said on Friday that it will set aside £500,000 to fight crime and provide mental health treatment.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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