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VIDEO BOAST OF GUN HOOLIGANS; Court hears of firearm feud between rival gangs.

Byline: By SARAH CHAPMAN

VIDEO footage of gun-wielding gangsters has been shown to a court.

A Liverpool crown court jury watched a clip of Croxteth Crew members Wesley Brown, 22, and Anthony Fairfield, 18, brandishing guns while a 15-year-old boy lounges on a bed surrounded by handguns and bullets.

In the footage, Fairfield is seen putting a gun in his waistband and pointing a gun at the camera and one of the men in the video says, "Tote guns with the Crew".

It is alleged 19-year-old Ryan Lloyd, who was not on the video, was part of the gang involved in a feud with rivals from neighbouring Norris Green and that he plotted with others to possess guns and bullets.

Lloyd, of Silverwell Road, Croxteth, denies conspiring to possess the prohibited weapons and ammunition with intent to endanger life and to cause fear of violence.

Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting, told the court a number of other young men had already admitted being in the Croxteth Crew and their involvement in gang crime.

He said that between October 16 2004 and March 10 2006 a feud existed between them and rivals from Norris Green.

Mr Flewitt told jurors during the course of the dispute youths were stopped in the street and found to be wearing body armour.

The court heard guns were fired at houses and gang members wrote letters from jail threatening to kill the "dead dogs" of the Norris Green gang.

Mr Flewitt said: "This was not just a petty feud, it involved the threat and use of serious violence, including the use of firearms to intimidate and cause injury."

He told jurors police found two shotguns, three revolvers and ammunition.

Mr Flewitt said Lloyd was involved in an attack in which Thomas Whittingham's van was stolen and when he found it in Croxteth, he was shot in the face.

The jury heard Lloyd's fingerprints were found in the van and a Vauxhall Vectra used by the thieves.

Mr Flewitt said when Lloyd was arrested he told police he was aware of the gang warfare, but denied being a member of the Croxteth Crew.

Wesley Brown, of Sceptre Road, Croxteth' Fairfield, of Totnes Road, Croxteth' Dean Scahill, 19, of Willow Way, Croxteth' Joseph White, 20, of Whinhowe Road, Norris Green, and a 15-year-old Croxteth youth who cannot be identified for legal reasons, have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess prohibited weapons and ammunition with intent to cause fear of violence.

Dean Brown, 20, of Sceptre Road, Croxteth, has pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun.

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'This involved the threat and use of serious violence, including the use of firearms'

Neil Flewitt QC
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2006
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