Gang on bikes spotted on street minutes before man shot in Kirkby

Police want to speak to a group of men on bikes spotted in the area moments before a shooting.

Officers received a call at around 9pm on Saturday, June 1 over reports a 31-year-old man had been shot on Ormonde Crescent in Kirkby. The victim self-presented at hospital for treatment to a knee injury. He has since been released from hospital.

Merseyside Police has now issued CCTV footage of six bikes – believed to be a mixture of electric bikes and Su-Ron bikes - which were seen being ridden along Simonswood Lane, at the junction of Westhead Lane, just minutes prior to the shooting taking place.

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Detectives believe the shooting was targeted and are now appealing for anyone in the the area who knows the people on the bikes or may have CCTV, dashcam, doorbell or mobile phone footage to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Atkinson said: “Clearly all those on the bikes are dressed in dark clothing and with their faces covered but I am sure there are people who would have seen these bikes being ridden in convoy, dangerously and on the wrong side of the road on Saturday evening.

“I want to know where these bikes came from and where they went afterwards and I would ask anyone living in the area who has a doorbell camera or CCTV or anyone who was driving in their area and has a dashcam to check their cameras to check if they captured anything significant.

“We know that there are people living in the community who know who these people are and where these bikes are being stored and I would urge them to come forward with that information so we can take positive action. Keeping your community and your family safe remains our priority so please tell us what you know and help us to help you.”

If you have any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage or information about this incident, please DM Merseyside Police's social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 2400049141. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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