Police in Liverpool investigating the shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones made six arrests on Saturday to bring to seven those held over his murder. Two boys aged 15 and 16, two men aged 19 and two girls of 15 and 18 are in police custody a 15-year-old arrested on Friday has been released on police bail. Chief Superintendent Chris Armitt wants the community to come forward to help the police despite fears of reprisals from local gangs. “We understand people are frightened that’s natural. But what I want to say to people is listen they have got to stand up and be counted. We have ways of protecting members of the public who come forward with this information.”
The parents and brother of the dead boy joined Everton boss David Moyes and Blackburn manager Mark Hughes for a minutes silence before the two sides met at Goodison Park. Police made a direct appeal to the 40,000 strong crowd for information concerning the shooting of Rhys. The boy, an Everton fanatic, was shot in the back of the neak by a youth on a BMX bike as he returned home from playing football on Wednesday evening.