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Ellen Kirwin

Woman shot dead named locally, shooting victim convicted over gun crimes and journalism matters

These are the latest Liverpool ECHO headlines this morning.

'Beautiful' woman shot dead named locally as tributes pour in

Tributes pour in for a "beautiful" woman who was found shot dead as she has been named locally.

At around 1.45am on October 30, police were called to an address in Moreton after they received reports a woman's body had been found. The woman, in her 50s, had been shot in the chest.

A large police cordon was put in place as parts of Meadowbrook Road were sealed off. Officers dressed in forensic clothing could be seen carrying out evidence searches outside a property on the road. At the time, a 79-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her murder.

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Tributes have since come pouring in for the "beautiful woman" who has been named locally as Jackie. ECHO reader Nicola Mfm Maddocks said: "Sleep tight Jackie an old neighbour of mine, such a beautiful woman taken far too soon. Another angel spreading her wings, thoughts and prayers are with her sons, her family and friends as they endure this difficult time.

"Sleep tight beautiful watch over your family and pray they catch who has done this to you." Jennifer Robinson added: "So sad feel for her family, she was beautiful."

Michelle Hulse wrote: "So sad Rip Jackie thinking of Kevin and Peter at this time" as Anthony James McDougall said: "RIP Jac, sad you're gone, fly high angel." James Sorby said: "Another sad incident in Merseyside." Read the f ull story here.

Rio Jones' shooting victim named as he's also convicted over gun crimes

A man who was shot in the street by a member of a rival gang has been convicted of firearms offences.

Shakur Watson survived an attempt on his life by Rio Jones, having been hit in the wrist by one of six gunshots fired at him by the teenager. The ECHO has been unable to name the target of the shooting until now due to a court order protecting his identity, pending the conclusion of his trial for possession of a firearm and ammunition.

But the 20-year-old can now be named after a jury at Liverpool Crown Court found him guilty of both counts on Thursday. It came in the same week that Jones was convicted of attempting to murder him.

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Watson, of Snowdon Lane in Vauxhall, had previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The firearms offences relate to a raid on Princes Road in Toxteth shortly after 10am May 2 last year. A handgun and ammunition were found in the garden of the property by Merseyside Police.

Meanwhile, the drugs matters relate to a search warrant which was executed on Snowdon Lane at dawn on April 4 this year as part of a crackdown on county lines rings. Watson pleaded guilty to these counts the following month. Read more here.

Journalism Matters and this is why in the words of six Liverpool Echo journalists

Today marks the start of Journalism Matters Week - a campaign highlighting the vital importance of trusted journalism in these uncertain times.

The Liverpool Echo has a long and proud tradition of campaigning journalism - fighting for our communities, holding authorities to account and telling the stories of Merseyside's remarkable people.

In an age of disinformation and fake news, it is more important than ever that the ECHO provides reliable, trustworthy journalism and continues to hold those in power to account.

Our newspaper remains one of the best-selling regionals in the country and our stories are written by trained journalists, regulated by IPSO and checked by experienced content editors before publication.

Here is a selection of stories that show just why Journalism Matters in the words of ECHO journalists who worked on them.

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