Illegal bikes, cars and drugs seized as police link attacks

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Illegal motorbikes, cars and drugs were seized from a housing estate rocked by gunfire on Good Friday.

Police have kept a close eye on the Beechwood area, Prenton, since two homes and a car were shot at nearly three weeks ago.

On April 10, just after 11.10pm, patrols arrived to discover houses on Beechwood Drive had been hit by bullets, and a parked car, found parked three miles away on Crutchley Avenue, was also struck.

Today, it emerged how officers patrolling the area have recovered a haul from properties on the estate, which police said belonged to "criminals."

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It includes bikes, cars and drugs, all of which are likely to be forensically examined to see if they can be linked to any previous or ongoing crime investigations.

The seizures are a result of ongoing proactive police work in the district, rather than a specific link to the shootings.

Police and forensic officers on Beechwood Drive, Beechwood

The ECHO has also learnt the shooting at the two homes, along with bullets fired at a car, are all now officially linked.

Detectives are treating them as one single incident.

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Merseyside Police did not comment on whether the shootings were targeted, but it was revealed there were people inside both houses at the time of the attacks.

Police and forensic officers on Beechwood Drive, Beechwood

The addresses shot at were nextdoor to each other, and the car left damaged was a VW Polo.

Two suspects, men, aged 32 and 34, from Birkenhead area, were released on bail after they were quizzed on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

No new arrests have been made, but detectives want members of the public to contact them to help progress the investigation.

The Prenton shootings were among a series of gun crime incidents on Merseyside since the lockdown began.

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Twenty-year-old Michael Rainsford was shot dead in Litherland, an empty school was fired at in Seaforth, and a house was hit in Finborough Road, Walton.

Toxteth was particularly badly affected, earlier this month, with a spate of high-profile shootings and a stabbing, all on the same night.

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On that single evening alone, a 20-year-old man attended hospital with a gunshot wound to his hip, before, 20 minutes later, police were informed paramedics were treating a boy, 17, for a shotgun wound to his buttocks.

Anyone with information about the Prenton gunfire is asked to contact Merseyside Police on Twitter (@MerPolCC) quoting ref. 20000211168 or by ringing Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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