Man shot after leaving Merseyside pub

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A man was shot in the thigh in the car park of a Merseyside pub in the early hours of Saturday. Police believe the 21-year-old had been drinking...

A man was shot in the thigh in the car park of a Merseyside pub in the early hours of Saturday.

Police believe the 21-year-old had been drinking with a group of people in the Parkway pub on Woolton Green, Garson, and was shot after he left the pub. Officers were called to the incident at about 3.10am.

The man underwent surgery, and his condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers searched the pub and surrounding area, and have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to call Admiral Street police station on 0151 777 5365.

Police link double shooting to killing

The type of bullet used to shoot two officers in a West Yorkshire pub was also used to kill 20-year-old Zubair Munir, whose body was found on Moorland on 17 April.

The officers were shot at the Fleece Inn, Elland Road, Ripponden, as they tried to arrest 28 year-old Alexander Edward Lawton. They escaped with minor injuries.

Lawton, of Almondbury Close, Huddersfield, was later found in the driver's seat of a car with a gun shot wound to his head. He died in hospital on Tuesday last week.

Forensic tests last week showed that the bullet that killed Munir was the same type used to shoot the police officers.

Police said forensic tests are to be carried out on the gun found with Lawton and the bullet that killed him.

Anyone with information can call the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team at Halifax Police Station on 01422 337100.

Good response to fatal stabbing appeal

Officers investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in a fight at a Sunderland pub said they have had an excellent response to appeals for information and are following up numerous lines of enquiry.

Alan Jones, 37, of Ellis Road, Southwick, Sunderland, was stabbed a number of times while he was fighting another man at Hogans Bar in Stoney Lane at around 10pm on Tuesday 19 April.

Jones was transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he died later. Anyone with information is urged to call Sunderland CID at Gillbridge on 0191 454 7555.

Warning: dud Scots and English notes

Licensees are being warned to look out for customers using fake notes after forgeries were found at a County Durham pub.

High-quality Scottish and English notes are being brought into the area by Irish travellers working with Scottish drugs gangs, it is believed.

Sandra Wilson, licensee of the Dun Cow, at Burnmoor, near Chester-le-Street said she had found three £20 notes with the same serial number.

She said: "I've lost £60. There's nothing I can do about it, but at least I can warn other people that these notes are going around.

"They seem to be good copies, because it was only when I noticed three together with the same serial number that I had any suspicion. The quality of the paper is good and the foil strip seems OK."

Both English and Scottish notes have been forged and it is understood many of the fake Scottish notes bear the number DM483394.

The Retail Crime Initiative said it had information from across the country of various gangs passing the notes.

Hosts urged to beware of fake vodka

Vodka diluted with methylated spirits has been found on sale in a Teeside pub.

The one-litre bottles of Hanacka Vodka Jemna, 40% abv and with a black and gold label and a red top, are thought to have been imported from the Czech Republic.

Trading standards officers said the fake bottles contain no "lot codes" and are a different colour from the genuine bottles.

Stockton Borough Council is urging anyone with information on the spirit to contact their local trading standards department.

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