Armed police surround houses on two separate streets

Armed police have been seen around houses on two separate streets in Liverpool.

Rutland Avenue on L17 near Sefton Park and Boaler Street in Kensington have been closed by police this afternoon (Sunday, November 14).

A concerned resident became aware of a police incident in her street [Rutland Avenue] when a relative went to leave the home around 3pm but was ordered inside again by police.

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She said the situation was ‘alarming’, especially as it was getting dark and those living on the streets were unclear about what was happening.

She told ECHO: “At the Ullet Road entrance, there are about four police vehicles, one is broken in the middle of the road and another vehicle is in front of it.

“At the other end, it is cordoned off, and there are police there. At the end of Ulletvejen, there is something resembling a police shooter.

“All residents have been asked to stay indoors and police have not provided further information.”

Armed police on Rutland Avenue
Armed police on Rutland Avenue

There have been reports of a similar police presence on Boaler Street, where an eyewitness said armed police searched houses.

The two roadblocks come after a major incident was declared at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where one person has been killed and another injured when a taxi exploded outside the entrance.

Police on Boaler Street
Police on Boaler Street

At present, there is no official confirmation that the armed raids are related to the current situation at the hospital.

Counter Terrorism Police are now leading the investigation into the incident at Women’s supported by Merseyside Police, but it has not been declared a terrorist incident at present.

Liverpool Women remain barred from emergency services and the public has been urged to remain calm “but vigilant”.

The hospital has been closed to all visitors while the investigation continues.

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