Merseyside Police officers carrying out firearms disruption work in Fazakerley have recovered two firearms.
Officers were searching an area of woodland around Higher Lane / Brookfield Drive when they discovered a bag containing a firearm. Specialist firearm attended to make the weapon safe. The firearm was confirmed as being a Tech 9 machine pistol with a silencer. It has been recovered for forensic enquiries.
An air rifle was also found in woodland with the assistance of dog patrols.
Merseyside Police Local Policing Chief Inspector Matt Boyle said: “These recoveries mean less firearms on our streets that could be used to cause fear, intimidation or harm to our communities. The semi-automatic weapon in particular would have been extremely dangerous in the wrong hands so we are delighted to have removed it from circulation.
“We will continue to be relentlessly proactive in finding all dangerous weapons using all available tactics. People who attempt to hide firearms in open spaces should be aware that we are putting significant resources into tackling gun crime on a daily basis, and our recent recoveries demonstrate that we will act on any information received to bring weapons off the streets.
“Information from our communities is vital so anyone with information about those involved in gun crime, or who knows where weapons are being stored, please contact us so that we can make our streets safer.”
Anyone with information can contact the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.