‘Living in the firing line’

Derbyshire Hill Road, Parr, St Helens, scene of a gun being discharged
Derbyshire Hill Road, Parr, St Helens, scene of a gun being discharged
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POLICE are investigating a second report of gunshots along a residential St Helens street amid fears of an escalating feud between two criminal factions.

Detectives say shots were fired along Derbyshire Hill Road - near to its junction with Fleet Lane - at about 8.20pm last Monday (January 2), just four days after a carbon-copy incident on the same road.

On both occasions nobody was injured and no property was damaged.

Crime Scene Investigators attended the scene and house-to-house inquiries took place.

And police are urging anyone who has information to speak to them and are particularly interested in talking to anyone who may have seen a group of men in a silver car in the area at the time.

Superintendent Dave Fox said: “Officers in St Helens are working hard with colleagues from the Force’s specialist gun crime team, Matrix, to investigate a firearms incident on Derbyshire Hill Road on Thursday, December 29, and reports of shots fired on Derbyshire Hill Road on Monday, January 2.

“Whilst at this point we are working to establish a motive, we believe that the incidents may be linked to an ongoing dispute between two factions.”

“Clearly the use of firearms is of great concern to the community, as it is to us, and I would like to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to find and arrest those involved.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Doherty, head of the specialist Matrix team, said: “We regard any discharge of a firearm, whether it causes injury or damage, as a serious concern. And we will put assets in place to support officers in St Helens for as long as we are required.”

Residents living in Derbyshire Hill Road say they are terrified of further attacks.

“It’s just been getting worse and worse in recent months,” said one woman in her late 50s who asked not to be for fear of repirsals

“What we’re worried about is that eventually someone will shoot at the wrong house and one of our homes will be hit.

“It’s like we’re living in the firing line. It is terrifying once night falls.”