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Police and council launch crackdown after Netherton shooting

PLANS to crack down on crime and nuisance behaviour on a Merseyside estate where a man was shot by a gang were unveiled today.

Police and council bosses announced the move days after Alan Moss, 26, was blasted when his sister’s bike was stolen at gunpoint in Marian Square, Netherton.

The gang also put a gun to his mum Joanne’s head before Alan confronted the thugs and they ran away.

Five teenagers were later arrested in connection with the shooting and released on bail.

The action plan drawn up by Merseyside police and Sefton council included:

An increased police presence with mounted patrols;

A mobile police station in Marian Square;

Free security assessments for local businesses from the council;

Public meetings and events for young people.

Council leader Peter Dowd said: “We are all keen to stress this was an isolated and very rare incident.

“Many people were shocked by what has gone on but we want to reassure them we are working closely with the police and other partners right across the community to stop anything like this from happening again.

“We are all working together and hope residents and businesses support us in all our combined efforts.”

Speaking after his ordeal, Alan – who works for DHL at Jaguar Land Rover – told the ECHO he was “amazed a teenager would be carrying a gun, let alone shoot me”.

He said: “I just do not understand the mentality of these kids – why can’t they just hang out rather than having to go around with a gun?

“When I was younger we just played football or went to the park but now there is no respect at all.

“They clearly do not fear anything or anyone so obviously we need to do something about it.”

Police said they have poured in extra resources to reassure people in the wake of the horrific shooting.

Inspector Jim Atherton said: “We have increased our presence in the area and used the mobile police station there in case anybody in the community has any concerns or information which they would like to share with officers.

“We will continue to speak with the community and 1 am pleased to say everybody is pulling together.

“The public are always our eyes and ears in cases such as this and we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

The bullet went straight through Alan’s left arm, going past the bone by just 2cm and narrowly missing his hip.

Just minutes before the youths stole his 13-year-old sister Demi’s bike, waving a gun in her face and holding a knife to her throat.

If you have information about the shooting call police 0151-777 5699 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The next police Have Your Say meeting will be held at 1pm on February 13 at Netherton Activity Centre, and the Police Open Surgery at 6.30pm on February 28, at Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station.

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