Five suspected guns have been found in Liverpool.
Armed officers set up a cordon at the junction of East Prescot Road and Somerford Road, Dovecot, after making the discovery. Officers on patrol found five self-loading pistols and ammunition inside a backpack, at around 8pm, on Wednesday, November 8.
The weapons have been seized and are currently being examined by our specialist officers to check if they are viable or not. A police cordon is in place in the area where crime scene investigators are carrying out forensic examinations.
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Detective Chief Inspector Paul McVeigh said: "We hope that the discovery of these firearms in our community reiterates that the possession of dangerous weapons in our communities will not be tolerated in Merseyside. Our officers immediately respond to incidents involving guns and dangerous weapons in our regions and is actively working to make our regions a safer place to live and work.
"An investigation is underway on East Prescot Road as we continue our enquiries into this incident therefore if you have any further information about this incident, who they may belong to, or weapons being stored in your community please contact us.
"These firearms were found in an area where families and residents live who could have been put in serious danger and I would like to reassure them that we are investigating to find out who stored these weapons.
"Anyone who has information about this incident or where guns are being stored in their community, should contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 using reference 23001115115. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress."