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Three firearms found by police on Merseyside

Three guns were found by police on Merseyside over the weekend.

A shotgun, a reactivated handgun and ammunition were found in a bag in a garden in Kirkby on Saturday.

Police later found a loaded shotgun and a quantity of what is believed to be class A drugs during a search of a house in Muirhead Avenue, Clubmoor.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled drug. He has been released on bail.

The search was carried out after police were tipped-off by a member of the public.

Police say the two weapons finds are not linked.

Det Ch Insp Richie Salter, of the specialist anti-gangs and guns Matrix team, said: "Information from the public is vital for us in the fight against gun crime and I would appeal to anyone who has information about where guns are being stored, or who is using them to call Crimestoppers anonymously.

"We act on all information provided to us in relation to firearms. More and more offenders are looking for alternative places to store their weapons.

"So I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to members of the public, including dog walkers and people who work unusual shifts, who spot someone acting suspiciously on waste ground or in gardens to contact us."

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