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Police arrest 31 over gun crime

A total of 31 people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on gun crime across Merseyside.

Officers raided 30 homes over three days in South Liverpool and Knowsley after a spate of shootings in Toxteth, Dingle, Huyton and Stockbridge Village.

Among those arrested were three men on suspicion of the attempted murder of a 21-year-old from Huyton, who was shot in Stockbridge Village on 1 August.

They have been bailed pending further inquiries.

'Extra attempt'

The chief constable of Merseyside Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, said the raids were all part of the continuing effort by the specialist Matrix squad.

"You have just seen in the last few days an extra attempt which is to get into people's homes, either to look for guns or to look for the people who are carrying them," he said.

"This is an opportunity for me today to remind people, if you know anybody who has a gun, or where they store them, please tell us.

"If you give us information, we will check it out to see if it's valid, but then we'll get a warrant and we'll get the guns."

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