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Gang members jailed for shootings

Five members of an underworld gang responsible for a series of shootings, and leaving a hand grenade on the front wall of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish's home have been jailed for life.

The criminal group were led by Kirk Bradley and Anthony Downes, both 26, and who both escaped from a prison van last July.

The pair were on their way to stand trial at the time but fled and went on the run.

Bradley, of Birkey Lane, Formby, Merseyside, is still missing but Downes, of no fixed address, was arrested in The Netherlands on Friday.

He will be flown to the UK soon to begin serving his time.

On Friday, at Woolwich Crown Court they were both jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years after being convicted in their absence of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to cause damage with intent to endanger life.

Three others admitted possessing firearms and causing criminal damage with intent to endanger life and were jailed for life.

Gary Wilson, 27, of Promenade in Southport was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years; Joseph Farrell, 23, of Brandearth Hey in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley, will serve a minimum of 12 years and Craig Riley, 25, of Boode Croft, also in Stockbridge Village, will serve a minimum of 14 years.

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