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Police appeal after shots fired in Tanhouse subway

Three men arrested for drugs and firearms offences

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Police have arrested three men after shots were fired in a subway in Tanhouse last Thursday at 11am.

Two men from Skelmersdale, aged 20 and aged 18, along with a third man, 18, from Merseyside, were arrested for offences relating to drugs and firearms.

They have all been bailed pending further enquiries until July 2014.

Specially trained forensic officers examined  a subway opposite to Evington and Elmers Wood Road and a team of detectives began to investigate  the incident.

Inquiries are still ongoing and police are appealing for help from the community.

The local neighbourhood policing team have been out in the Tanhouse area reassuring residents since last Thursday’s events.

However Skelmersdale residents took to social media sites after the news of the shooting spread to express their fear over what had happened.

One woman wrote: “Tanhouse is fast becoming a no-go area,  It’s not safe to let the children or adults out of the house, it’s shocking all this has happened during half-term as well. Something needs to be done.”

So far, there have been no reported injuries to the police relating to the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We take any reports involving firearms very seriously and a dedicated team has been investigating this incident. Our investigation is still ongoing and we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry.

“I would like to reassure the community that we fully appreciate and share their concerns.

“I urge residents to contact the police if they recall their attention being drawn towards anybody in the vicinity of this underpass, either immediately before or after the incident.

“If anyone has any information at all about this incident, please get in contact with us. All information will be treated with sensitivity and you can speak in confidence to any police officer or call us direct on 101 quoting log number 1439 of May 22.”

Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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