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MISSING: Gerald Brown from Litherland

Police are appealing for help in finding a 57-year-old man from Litherland who is missing from home.

Gerald Brown was last seen outside the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre on Monday 28 January and extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate him since.

Gerald is described as being white, 5ft 4in tall, bald and of stocky build. He also has a tattoo on his right arm.

When he was last seen, Gerald was wearing a grey cap, blue jeans, a blue polo shirt and a brown jacket.

It is believed Gerald may have travelled to Blackpool and Scotland.

Anyone who has seen Gerald or anyone fitting his description is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact the Missing People charity on 116 000.

Appeal following fatal road collision in Southport

Merseyside Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian died following a collision involving a car in Southport this morning (Wednesday 30 January 2019).

A report was received shortly before 10.55am that a car had been in collision with a man on Town Lane Kew, near the hospital.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of locating next of kin.

A closure remains in place on Town Lane Kew and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with enquiries into the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has any information, or was passing at the time and has dashcam footage, is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also call 0151 777 5747 or 101, quoting incident reference 307 of 30 January or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for next of kin of John Robert Bradley

Merseyside Police are appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of an 80 year-old man who died at his home address in Southport.

John Robert Bradley passed away at his home on Part Street on December 20, 2018. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

The coroner’s office at Southport would like to hear from anyone who can assist in identifying members of Mr Bradley’s family who are believed to live within the North of England, possibly in Yorkshire.

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact the coroner’s office on 0151 777 1921.

Four quad bikes and scrambler bike seized following reports of ASB in Maghull

Officers in Sefton have seized four quad bikes and a scrambler bike following reports of anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving in Maghull on Sunday, 27 January.

At around midday, a call came in from the public reporting that quad bikes were being ridden around wasteland in Sefton Industrial Estate on Sefton Lane, including sightings of children believed to be as young as 12 riding the vehicles. A later report indicated that quad bikes had also been seen on Sefton Lane, opposite a garden centre.

Patrols carried out enquiries and found the bikes on Sefton Industrial Estate. All the vehicles were seized and further enquiries will be carried out to establish the exact circumstances and riders.

Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke, who leads the force’s Operation Brookdale response to the criminal and nuisance use of off-road bikes, said: “It beggars belief that people would ride quad bikes on private land, with no legal permission, and even more so allow children to do the same. The obvious dangers to themselves and other people are plain to see and we will fully investigate the circumstances around this shocking incident.

“But people also have a responsibility to themselves and any children in their care not to arrange or encourage such reckless behaviour, which can and does end in tragedy. If you were in the area or nearby and saw this incident, and either have business or home CCTV or dashcam footage, let us know.

“I also want to take this opportunity to ask that anyone who knows where such bikes are being stored to keep coming forward. Calls to Merseyside Police in relation to off-road bikes have been reduced in recent months, which is encouraging, but we understand that they do still have a significant impact on some people within our communities.

“We regularly seize such vehicles off the back of your information, and if we can do so before they are out causing harm in the communities, then all the better. All information can and is acted upon to take illegally used vehicles from the streets.”

Anyone with information on the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road bikes is encouraged to keep reporting incidents to @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100027515 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 and we will keep taking action #OpBrookdale

Investigation underway following reports of firearms discharge in Bootle

We are investigating following reports of a firearms discharge in Bootle in the early hours of this morning, Friday 25th January.

We were contacted at 12.45am to reports of witnesses hearing loud bangs in Litherland Road. Patrols attended and found damage to a house and van consistent with a firearms discharge. Nobody was injured during the incident.

An investigation is underway and house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the local area. A search of the surrounding area will resume this morning.

Detectives are investigating whether a dark coloured Mercedes car seen in the area at the time is connected to the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Litherland Road in the early hours of this morning who saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us as a matter of urgency. I would also ask for anyone with dash-cam footage which may have captured something to come forward.

“Thankfully nobody was injured during the incident but understandably incidents like this cause concern for our communities.

“I want to reassure our communities that we are committed to finding the people responsible and bringing them to justice and I would ask anyone who has information which could assist our investigation to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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