Toxteth shooting: Three murder arrests made after Sam Rimmer killed in Dingle drive-by

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Sam Rimmer was shot in Dingle last week when two motorbikes drove into a cul-de-sac and fired a number of shots.

Two men and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal shooting of Sam Rimmer in Dingle last week.

Sam, 22, from Bootle, was on Lavrock Bank with a group of friends last Tuesday when men on two motorbikes, believed to be electric bikes, drove into the cul-de-sac and opened fire.

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Sam Rimmer was shot in Dingle. Image: Merseyside PoliceSam Rimmer was shot in Dingle. Image: Merseyside Police
Sam Rimmer was shot in Dingle. Image: Merseyside Police | Image: Merseyside Police

Sam suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and was seriously injured. Despite being given CPR by emergency services at the scene, he was pronounced dead a short while later at hospital.

A 20-year-old man from Liverpool city centre was arrested on Wednesday morning following a series of dawn raids, in response to a recent spate of gun and knife crime in the area.

A 21-year-old man from Dingle and a 17-year-old male from Liverpool city centre have now also been arrested on suspicion of murder. All three remain in custody for questioning.

A general view of Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool. Image: GoogleA general view of Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool. Image: Google
A general view of Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool. Image: Google | Image: Google

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “The investigation into Sam’s death is progressing with one suspect now in custody for questioning. This was a heinous attack which led to the tragic death of a young man and we urgently need to find out who was responsible.

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“Detectives have been carrying out extensive enquiries and have completed a number of house-to-house inquiries, but we still very much need the public’s help to assist us in building a picture of events surrounding this incident as well as identifying the offenders.

“If you live in the area of Lavrock Bank, or were passing through at about 11.40pm on Tuesday 16 August, you may have seen something that could be vital for us and I would urge you to get in touch.

“Similarly, if you were in the Dingle and Toxteth areas and have dashcam, CCTV or ring doorbell footage please check it and let us know if you see anything, as this could be vital in putting those people before the courts and getting justice for Sam’s family.”

How to contact police

There is a dedicated portal on the Merseyside Police website where footage can be downloaded and it can be accessed by using this Public Portal link: mipp.police.uk

Alternatively, anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1259 of 16 August.