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Ten in court over shootings and arson.

TEN people will face trial in connection with shootings and arson attacks in Liverpool.

A series of gunshots and petrol bombings in and around the Croxteth area between March, 2011, and April, 2012, led to an investigation by police.

More than a dozen suspects were arrested under the banner of Operation Poppy and yesterday a judge at Liverpool crown court heard them answer a series of charges.

With only one exception they pleaded not guilty to counts ranging from conspiracy to commit arson to endanger life, conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

A trial due to start in January could last as long as 10 weeks.

The defendants are: ? Kyle Smith Milson, 18, of Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, denied arson and firearm conspiracies and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to Blake Brown.

Anthony Jewell, 22, of Walmersely Road, Bury, denied arson and firearm conspiracies and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He admitted conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

Shaun Byrne, 20, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth, denied conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs, and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

Stephen Lavelle, 18, of Altcross Road, Croxteth, denied arson and firearms conspiracies.

. ? Barry Burke, 18, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth, denied guns and arson conspiracies and conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs. ? Hannah Barton, 20, of Alundale Road, Croxteth, denied conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and to supply class B drugs.

Daniel Fitzsimmons, 31, of Park View Road, Croxteth, denied possesion or a .32 calibre revolver.. Sam Hughes, 20, os f Exford Road, Croxteth, denied firearm, GBH, and arson conspiracies and conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

Ryan Holden, 20, of Montrovia Road, West Derby, did not offer any pleas because he is waiting to hear if his charges will be dismissed. ? Mark Thomas, 19, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth, denied firearm and arson conspiracies, conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Ellis West, 21, of St Joseph's Close, Huyton, had the case against her discontinued and was allowed to leave the dock.
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