Netherton street attack: Fifth arrest after man shot in arm

A fifth teenage boy has been arrested after a man was shot in the arm on Merseyside.

Merseyside Police said officers were called to a shooting at Marian Square, Netherton, at 18:30 GMT on Sunday.

A spokesman said the 26-year-old's injuries were "not life-threatening" and he was recovering in hospital.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested following earlier arrests of another 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and two 17-year-old boys.

They all remain in police custody for questioning about the incident.

The man was believed to have been shot after approaching a group of youths in the street who he thought had taken his sister's bicycle, police said.

A force spokesman said the man was "shot once in the arm and the group of youths fled the scene leaving the bike behind".

Ch Supt Nikki Holland said: "This man escaped with injuries that are not life-threatening, but it could so easily been different."

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