Kirkby firearm inquiry: Teenage boys released

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Image caption Police received a report that a person was seen with a firearm in Beech Rise, Kirkby, on Saturday

Two boys, aged 13, have been released after they were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

Merseyside Police received reports that a person had been seen with a firearm in Beech Rise, Kirkby, in the early hours of Saturday.

A boy, aged 17, was also released over the firearm inquiry but was charged with burglary and kept in custody.

Police said a 38-year-old man from Litherland was released after he was held on suspicion of drug offences.

The arrests were part of a police operation targeted at organised crime groups after about 80 shootings in Merseyside since April - 39 of which have led to people being injured.

Five men have also died following various gun attacks, including 18-year-old Yusuf Sonko in Toxteth on 2 June.