'Loud bangs' heard near Sainsbury's petrol station as car found burnt out nearby

The burnt out car on Moor Lane in Walton
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool ECHO)

"Loud bangs" were heard near a petrol station and a car was later found burnt out nearby.

Merseyside Police received a call at around 9pm on Thursday, June 6, to a report the bangs were heard close to the Sainsbury's petrol Station on Rice Lane, Walton. Five men dressed in dark clothing were seen running down the alleyway between the petrol station and the service road to the main store.

No injuries were reported. Around 20 minutes later, it was further reported a silver Ford Kuga was on fire on Saxonia Road, around a four minute drive from the petrol station. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service put out the fire and no injuries were reported.

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When the ECHO arrived at the scene this morning there was a large cordon surrounding the petrol and two bus stops off Rice Lane. Three police officers were seen guarding the cordon.

Recovery of the burnt out car was in process when the ECHO arrived at the scene on Moor Lane. A police matrix van was also stationed at the scene.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's confirmed the petrol station was temporarily "to support the police with their investigation into a nearby incident". They apologised for any inconvenience. The main Sainsbury's store remained open.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Atkinson said: “I am appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of Sainsbury’s on Rice Lane at around 9pm yesterday evening who may have seen five males acting suspiciously to contact us.

“I urge people to check your CCTV, dashcam devices or doorbell footage capturing the incident or the five males in the area and making off from the scene which will help with our enquiries. Any information you provide, however, insignificant it may seem, could be vital to the investigation.”

If you have any information on this incident, or who has information which could help police with their enquiries, is asked to DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook’ or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 24000506009. You can also pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

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