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Liverpool Echo
Tom Duffy

Scrambler rider in hospital after being shot by robbers

A man in his 30s is in hospital with serious injuries after being shot with a handgun during a violent robbery.

The man, who was on a scrambler bike, was shot in the leg and arm during on Friday afternoon on Alder Lane near Knowsley Village.

He was approached by two men at around 4.35pm, who demanded that he handed over his red and white Honda scrambler. He was then shot in the arm and leg.

Police have now told the ECHO that a handgun was used in the incident. A spokesman for the force also confirmed that the victim was in a stable condition in hospital after suffering serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The first offender on a blue and white motorbike, and the second made off on the victim's bike after the shooting.

Emergency services attended and the victim, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital.

Alder Lane, which runs alongside a section of the M57, is a route popular with scrambler riders in the Knowsley area.

Speaking on Friday detectives described the incident as "shocking."

Detective Inspector Leanne Hobin, of Merseyside Police, said: “We are in the very early stages of an investigation following this shocking incident this afternoon, and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time to please get in touch.

“A man has been shot in broad daylight and I know how concerning this will be for the local community. I want to reassure them that a thorough investigation will now take place as we pursue those responsible.

"High-visibility patrols will be stepped up in the area and I would encourage anyone with information, or CCTV or dashcam footage, to please come forward, as it make greatly assist our enquires.

“Likewise, if you saw two males on bikes fitting the above descriptions, please let us know.

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"The use of weapons on our streets is despicable and totally unacceptable, and we are determined to remove them, and people that use them, from our streets.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has further information, CCTV or dashcam footage, is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref 663 of 26 February or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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