Olivia Pratt-Korbel: ‘We need names,’ say police investigating Liverpool killing | UK news

Police investigating the death of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel said “silence is not an option” as they renewed appeals for information.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead on Monday night after a gunman chased his intended target, who has been named as convicted burglar Joseph Nee, into the family home in Dovecot, Liverpool, also injuring her mother, Cheryl, 46.

A 33-year-old man, from Dovecot, was arrested by armed officers on Friday, a day after a 36-year-old man, from the Huyton area, was held after an operation involving armed officers. The 33-year-old man was arrested at an address in Lunsford Road on suspicion of Olivia’s murder and two counts of attempted murder.

On Saturday, Merseyside police reiterated their appeal for people to come forward with names, tweeting: “A simple request – share this far and wide, to everyone you know, and ask them to share if further still, so that there’s no hiding place for anyone involved in the murder of little Olivia. We need names. Silence is not an option.”

Olivia’s family have urged people to “do the right thing” and said: “If anyone knows anything, now is the time to speak up. It is not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’, it is about finding out who took our baby away from us.”

Merseyside police have released footage shot by thermal imaging camera of the moment the 36-year-old man was arrested, showing officers leading the man away.

Neighbours who witnessed the arrest reported seeing armed police “all in black with balaclavas on and machine guns” descending on a block of flats.

The police have also released an image of a black Audi Q3, which has been seized, and detectives are appealing for information from witnesses who saw it in the days leading up to the shooting, or have information about its movements afterwards.

The assistant mayor of Liverpool, Harry Doyle, said people had come forward with information because they “want to see justice” for Olivia and her loved ones.

He told BBC Breakfast: “Our community is still obviously extremely shook by what’s took place.

“There’s certainly a sense of hope and relief, with the announcements of the two arrests made so far. But the community really has pulled together this week.”

A £500,000 package of support announced by the Home Office “doesn’t touch the sides” and what the affected community in Liverpool needs is “long-term solutions”, Doyle said.

The death is the second accidental shooting in Liverpool this week. Tributes were paid to 28-year-old Ashley Dale, who was shot dead in her home in the early hours of Sunday, seven years after her brother was fatally shot in a case of mistaken identity.

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