Desperate search of golf club for guns used in Olivia Pratt Korbel's killing

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Officers have descended on West Derby Golf Club near Knotty Ash, Liverpool, in the hunt for the guns that were used on the night of Olivia’s death. The youngster was shot dead in her own home near Knotty Ash three weeks ago today. Detectives have been “working around the clock” since then, and have so far arrested nine people, although no one has yet been charged.

Police divers and drones will join the search of the golf club today as officers continue to hunt for the weapon.

A drone has been seen flying over the area this morning.

Photographs taken by Liverpool Echo show specialist officers focus the search on a brook which runs through the golf course at the centre, less than one mile from the scene of her death.

The golf club is closed while the investigation takes place.

The latest two people arrested in connection with the death – an 18-year-old man and a 37-year-old man, both from nearby West Derby – were bailed last week.

They were being held on suspicion of assisting an offender, Merseyside Police said.


Police continue to appeal for information in relation to the shooting.

Speaking today, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen, of Merseyside Constabulary, said: “Three weeks on and our investigation continues in our relentless pursuit of the man responsible for Olivia’s murder and those who are shielding him.

“I promised that we would leave no stone unturned in our hunt for the offender and the guns used on that night, and today following information we are carrying out an extensive land search at West Derby Golf Club in our hunt for those weapons. Our search teams are being supported by the North West Underwater Search Team and the Merseyside Police drone unit and the search will take place in the area bounded by Grenadier Drive (were the old Deysbrook Barracks used to be) along Aspes road down to Yew Tree Road including the brook which runs through the area.

“My message to the offender is clear – we will not stop until we have the evidence to put you before the courts and behind bars.”

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