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Police flooded the street where Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed yesterday before carrying out searches with sniffer dogs as the hunt continues for the

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Police flooded the street where Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed yesterday before carrying out searches with sniffer dogs as the hunt continues for the murder weapon.

Dozens of officers from the anti-gang Matrix squad arrived on the road in the Dovecot area of Liverpool for painstaking searches lasting several hours. 

One local suggested police investigating the nine-year-old’s killing could have received new information overnight. 

‘It’s the largest police presence we have had here since last Monday when she was killed,’ the resident told The Sun

‘They were looking under cars and in gardens and it seemed like they were looking for something specific.’

Police have launched a huge crackdown on organised crime in Liverpool in coordination with the National Crime Agency, known as ‘Britain’s FBI’. 

In recent days there have been numerous reports of gang bosses moving drugs out of the city and fleeing to their foreign villas. 

Last night an underworld source claimed the gangsters who ordered the shooting of burglar Joseph Nee – which led to Olivia’s killing – were ‘feeling the heat’.   

Dozens of officers from the anti-gang Matrix squad seen in the Dovecot area of Liverpool yesterday for painstaking searches lasting several hours.

Dozens of officers from the anti-gang Matrix squad seen in the Dovecot area of Liverpool yesterday for painstaking searches lasting several hours.

 Dozens of officers from the anti-gang Matrix squad seen in the Dovecot area of Liverpool yesterday for painstaking searches lasting several hours.

Police use sniffer dogs while investigating the scene of Olivia Pratt-Korbel's death in Dovecote

Police use sniffer dogs while investigating the scene of Olivia Pratt-Korbel's death in Dovecote

Police use sniffer dogs while investigating the scene of Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s death in Dovecote 

One local suggested police investigating the nine-year-old's killing could have received new information overnight

One local suggested police investigating the nine-year-old's killing could have received new information overnight

One local suggested police investigating the nine-year-old’s killing could have received new information overnight 

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, was gunned down inside her family home after a balaclava-clad gunman burst in at night in pursuit of drug dealer Joseph Nee. Olivia's mother, Cheryl, was also shot in the wrist and Nee was left seriously injured

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, was gunned down inside her family home after a balaclava-clad gunman burst in at night in pursuit of drug dealer Joseph Nee. Olivia's mother, Cheryl, was also shot in the wrist and Nee was left seriously injured

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, was gunned down inside her family home after a balaclava-clad gunman burst in at night in pursuit of drug dealer Joseph Nee. Olivia’s mother, Cheryl, was also shot in the wrist and Nee was left seriously injured

It comes as Merseyside Police launched a new appeal to find the gunman – warning anyone withholding information that they were protecting killers. 

It is almost a week since Olivia was fatally shot when a gunman chased Nee into her family home in Dovecot, also injuring Olivia’s mother, Cheryl, 46.

In a short but dramatic video appeal on Twitter, Merseyside Police warned that anyone withholding information must give it up.

During the video, a voiceover states: ‘We’ve got parents who’ve lost their children.

‘We’ve got a nine-year-old girl who won’t celebrate her 18th birthday. She won’t celebrate her wedding. She won’t have children of her own.

‘If you’ve got information and you’re withholding it, you’re protecting the killers. We need your information. Provide that information to us and we’ll do the rest.’

As well as images of Olivia and flowers at the scene of the shooting, the video also featured images of Ashley Dale and Sam Rimmer.

Council worker Ms Dale was fatally shot in Old Swan, Liverpool, on Sunday August 21.

The 28-year-old, who worked in the environmental health team at Knowsley Council, was found fatally wounded in the back garden of a house. It is believed she was not the intended victim.

Mr Rimmer, 22, was shot in Dingle, Liverpool, on Tuesday August 16.

Police said there will be ‘plenty of officers on patrol’ in all three areas that have seen fatal shootings lately.

The force tweeted: ‘They’re there to help you feel safe & to make sure criminals feel the pressure.’

Police officers storming a house as part of the hunt for Olivia's killer. Yesterday the force appealed for help, saying 'silence is not an option'

Police officers storming a house as part of the hunt for Olivia's killer. Yesterday the force appealed for help, saying 'silence is not an option'

Police officers storming a house as part of the hunt for Olivia’s killer. Yesterday the force appealed for help, saying ‘silence is not an option’ 

Olivia's family said she was a 'unique, chatty, nosey girl' who 'loved life and all it had to offer'

Olivia's family said she was a 'unique, chatty, nosey girl' who 'loved life and all it had to offer'

Olivia's family said she was a 'unique, chatty, nosey girl' who 'loved life and all it had to offer'

Olivia's family said she was a 'unique, chatty, nosey girl' who 'loved life and all it had to offer'

Olivia’s family said she was a ‘unique, chatty, nosey girl’ who ‘loved life and all it had to offer’

Two men arrested over Olivia’s death were bailed on Saturday.

A 36-year-old man, from Huyton, was recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

Both he and a 33-year-old man, from Dovecot, were arrested on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Merseyside Police appealed for people to come forward with information ‘so we can build up a strong evidential picture and bring those responsible to justice’.

The force has previously released an image of a black Audi Q3, which has been seized and which they believe is the car used to take 35-year-old Nee to hospital.

They are still appealing to anyone who saw the vehicle in the days leading up to the shooting, or has any information about its movements after leaving Kingsheath Avenue last Monday night, to come forward.

In other social media appeals, police have insisted ‘silence is not an option’.

In a short but dramatic video appeal on Twitter, Merseyside Police warned that anyone withholding information must give it up

In a short but dramatic video appeal on Twitter, Merseyside Police warned that anyone withholding information must give it up

In a short but dramatic video appeal on Twitter, Merseyside Police warned that anyone withholding information must give it up

A young girl lays a tribute in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot

A young girl lays a tribute in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot

A young girl lays a tribute in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot

Warning that there is ‘no hiding place for anyone involved in the murder of little Olivia’, they added: ‘We need names.’

Assistant mayor of Liverpool Harry Doyle said people had come forward in the days since the murder because they ‘want to see justice’ for the little girl and her loved ones, and that the arrests had brought ‘a sense of hope and relief’.

Olivia’s family have urged people to ‘do the right thing’, saying that speaking up ‘is not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’, it is about finding out who took our baby away from us’.

In a touching tribute, Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson wore a top reading ‘RIP Olivia YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone)’ for the team’s victory against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

In their overall crackdown on organised crime, police said they had made almost 200 arrests and seized vehicles, drugs and weapons in the past week.

The force tweeted: ‘We have arrested 170 people & seized several vehicles, suspected Class A and B drugs, and firearms over the past week in an operation targeting serious and organised crime across Merseyside.’ 

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