Police urge criminals to turn in thug who killed Olivia,9, in 'tit-for-tat' revenge attack

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Liverpool shooting: Police give update after death of nine year old

Locals described the tragedy as the result of a “tit-for-tat” cycle of violence, while the Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool warned children were now too scared to play outside on the streets of the city. Olivia died on Monday night when a 35-year-old man, unknown to the family, burst into her home in Kingsheath Avenue, in the Dovecot area of Liverpool, pursued by a man with a gun.

Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the assailant while Olivia stood behind her.

Tragically, Olivia was hit, and despite the desperate efforts of doctors, died at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital shortly afterwards.

The gunman also shot his intended victim, whose friends – ignoring Olivia and leaving her bleeding on the floor – then picked him up and took him hospital in a dark-coloured Audi.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said the “shocking” killing of Olivia Pratt-Korbel “crosses every single boundary” as the force appealed to the “criminal fraternity” in Liverpool for information.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel

Olivia Pratt-Korbel died after being shot in her own home in Liverpool (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

Olivia Pratt-Korbel

Olivia Pratt-Korbel: A poignant message in the street outside her home (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

Two sources had come forward and given the same name to Merseyside Police as of Wednesday morning, the BBC reported.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Ms Kennedy added: “This is a shocking and appalling attack which will reverberate around our communities, and I want to take this opportunity again to appeal to anybody who knows who was responsible for this attack to please come forward and give us those names.

“We need to find all who are responsible for – not just the gunman, we need to find who supplied the weapon and who arranged this terrible incident.

“We will not rest until those who are responsible are put behind bars. I can guarantee that no stone will be left unturned.”

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Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy has vowed to “leave no stone unturned” (Image: PA)

One resident of the neighbourhood was not surprised by the violence. They told the Telegraph: “It is just tit for tat. Pointless.”

Sir Peter Fahy, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, was downbeat about the likelihood of criminals turning in Olivia’s killer, despite the appeals.

Asked on Sky News whether criminal gangs would respond to an appeal from Merseyside Police, Sir Peter said: “It’s very rare, really. This, at the end of the day, will be down to either a lucky piece of information from the public, really good analysis of mobile phone data.

“Sometimes another criminal gang will see to their advantage in a way to pass forward information which might lead to the disruption of another criminal gang.

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Tributes at the scene in Liverpool

Tributes at the scene in Liverpool (Image: PA)

Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool Tom Williams

Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool Tom Williams (Image: Liverpool Echo)

“Often when criminal members suffer the most horrendous injuries they refuse to co-operate with the police or tell the police what’s happened. Because they want to exact their own revenge or just out of fear.”

Speaking on BBC Breakfast following the shooting of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, Bishop Tom Williams said: “People are obviously angry and scared, and the children in particular.

“I mean, it’s a child that was killed and I think the effect on them, that’s going to last for a long, long time.

“You don’t see children playing on the streets as often as you used to and all that, because there’s this element of fear of another world going on.

Ashley Dale

Ashley Dale, 28, was also shot in Liverpool this week (Image: Knowsley Residents/Facebook)

“I think there’s a lot of work to be done in schools and things with children.”

Olivia went to St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, where she was thought of as a kind-hearted, helpful and happy little girl, according to her headteacher Rebecca Wilkinson.

She said: “Olivia was a much-loved member of our school. She had a beautiful smile, a lovely sense of humour and a bubbly personality.

“She was kind-hearted and would go out of her way to help others.”

Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones, 11, was shot dead exactly 15 years earlier (Image: PA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the shooting as an “unimaginable tragedy” and promised that Merseyside Police would get “whatever they need to catch those responsible”.

Olivia’s death comes just days after Ashley Dale, 28, another innocent member of the public, was also shot dead in her own home.

In a grim coincidence, Olivia died on the 15th anniversary of the death of 11-year-old Rhys Jones.

Sean Mercer, 16, was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison after he was convicted of murder, having denied the charge.

Mercer, who belonged to the Croxteth Crew drug gang, had intended to shoot kill Wayne Brady, a member of the Norris Green Strand Gang.



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