Crosby and Birkdale businessmen shot at in possible linked attacks
TWO business associates involved in a million-pound property deal have come under fire from gangsters.
Both property developer Terry Riley and entrepreneur John Ball have been targeted by thugs with guns and petrol bombs.
Mr Ball’s luxury home in Selworthy Road, Birkdale, and his security company office in Southport were attacked on Monday night.
At around 10.25pm, Mr Ball’s family were pinned inside their home by a hail of bullets.
He had just left and it is believed found the tyres on his car shot out.
As many as seven bullet casings are thought to have been found outside Mr Ball’s home by forensic officers. At least one bullet pierced the front window of the house.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I thought it was fireworks at first – the last thing you expect is for shots to be fired at your neighbour.”
Another neighbour said: “I heard a lot of noise and then I was disturbed by the flashing blue lights of the police cars and then they cordoned off the road.
“It's terrifying, though”
Around half-an-hour after the shooting, the offices of EEC Security, in Hall Street, Southport, went up in flames. A window was broken and petrol poured inside before it was lit.
Police said yesterday they were investigating possible links to a similar attack on the Crosby home of Mr Riley in January.
As he left his home on Elm Avenue at around 10.20pm, the property was shot at. A petrol bomb was then found near his black 4x4.
Mr Riley and Mr Ball were involved in the change of hands of Shorrocks Country Club, in Lifeboat Road, Formby, in 2005.
Mr Riley’s The Ascot Group paid £1m to take the nightclub, restaurant and leisure facility from Mr Ball.
No-one was injured in either attack.
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: “It is being considered as part of the investigation as to whether the two shooting incidents are linked.”
The Selworthy Road area is a veritable “millionaires row” with former LFC legends Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen both living nearby. daily post