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Detectives are investigating after a firearm discharge which caused damage to a car in Fazakerley last night, Tuesday 30 January.

At around 10.55pm, a call was received after three loud bangs were heard in the area of Formosa Road. Armed police attended and following enquires, found damage to a Mercedes van outside an address on Rufford Road in Fairfield, which is where the damage was discovered but not believed to be the site of the incident. The damage has since been confirmed as being consistent with a gun shot.

A cordon has been set up in both streets while forensic, house-to-house and witness enquiries are ongoing this morning and officers will be in the areas to offer reassurance to the community. The vehicle has also been forensically recovered.

Superintendent Mark Wiggins said: “This investigation is in the early stages but we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident, or anything suspicious last night in the area of Formosa Road. Thankfully no injuries were caused but to fire a weapon in the street is extremely reckless and we are determined to identify the circumstances and bring those responsible to justice.

“Gun crime has no place on the streets of Merseyside and we are working hard with partner agencies and the community to target those involved which has resulted in some significant arrest and sentences recently not to mention some offenders being evicted from their homes.

“Anyone in the area with information can be assured that this will be acted upon and you can speak to us directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers. If you were passing and have dashcam footage, or live nearby and have home CCTV, let us know as any detail may be key to the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.