The Daily Telegraph

Four suspects arrested over Olivia murder released on bail

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

FOUR men arrested in connection with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-korbel in Liverpool have been bailed, Merseyside Police said.

A 34-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder on Sunday and questioned by police. Another 34-yearold man from Liverpool, a 41-year-old man from Knowsley and a 29-year-old man from Liverpool were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All four have been released on conditiona­l bail.

The schoolgirl was shot in her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on Aug 22 when a gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into the property at about 10pm. A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “The investigat­ion into Olivia’s

‘If anyone is hiding these guns, they need to speak up. No one, no one at all, should have to go through this’

tragic murder is ongoing and we still need to build up a strong evidential picture so that we can bring those responsibl­e to justice.”

On Tuesday, her mother Cheryl Korbel, who was injured in the shooting, called for whoever was responsibl­e to come forward. In a video appeal, Ms Korbel said: “You know you’ve done wrong, so you need to own up.

“Like I taught my kids, you do something wrong, you own up to it.

“If anyone is hiding these guns, they need to speak up because they need to be off the streets.

“No one, no one at all, should have to go through this.” In a statement, John Francis Pratt, Olivia’s father, said: “Olivia’s death cannot be in vain and we want people to feel safe and be safe.

“That can only happen if we all come together and make sure there is no place for guns, or those who use guns on our streets or in our communitie­s.”

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