£5,000 police reward to catch Liverpool youth "Sick Mick”

A £5,000 reward was today put up to catch a suspected gun thug.

Michael Farrell, 22, from Stockbridge Village, is currently listed as “at large” on police computers after failing to turn up to court over a burglary.

A warrant was issued for his arrest by the judge.

But officers from the police Matrix team want to bring in Farrell, known around Knowsley as “Sick Mick,” after a number of recent shootings.

They believe he may have been involved in a broad daylight machine gun shoot-out in Huyton. And they are also exploring possible links between him and the shooting of a pensioner outside a bingo hall in Dovecot.

Police are so worried about the firepower used in the shoot-out on Liverpool Road, at 5.30pm on Saturday July 4, they have already put up a separate £25,000 reward to get the guns used, and those involved, off the streets.

Two youths on scrambler bikes were chased along Liverpool Road and Princess Drive as shots were fired towards them from a stolen black Audi A3.

And it is believed the riders then fired back as they sped along.

Police found casings from two different deadly automatic weapons at scenes on Liverpool Road and nearby Saxby Road.

No-one was hurt.

But at just before 10pm on Saturday, July 12, a 65-year-old man was shot in the leg as he chased off two youths on a scrambler from outside the Granada Bingo Club, also known as Bugsy’s, on East Prescot Road, Dovecot.

The victim, who works at the club, confronted the pair at the front of the club and they began to ride away.

But as they screeched out onto the road, the pillion passenger turned and fired with a gun he had hidden in his clothing.

The victim was taken to hospital but left in the early hours and was back at the club the following day.

A Merseyside police spokesman said: “Officers believe Michael Farrell could assist with the ongoing police investigations into a number of recent incidents in Knowsley, including firearms discharges on Liverpool Road and East Prescot Road.

“Farrell is also charged with a burglary on Cross Lane, Whiston, and has failed to appear at court.

“Merseyside Police is offering a £5,000 reward to establish his whereabouts leading to his re-arrest.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0151 777 5699 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.