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‘To know that you are not safe in your place of work is absolutely terrible’ REPORT by ROB INCE POLICE are making house to house inquiries hi Clubmoor after a workman in his twenties was shot at close range by a gunman. The painter, from Norris Green, suffered minor injuries after being shot in the buttocks while decorating a disused changing room next to Clubmoor Community Centre on Townsend Lane. The incident happened just after 2pm on Mon day when a gunman entered the room toward the rear of the building and fired a shot. The victim managed to flee the scene by escaping the gunman after crossing Townsend Lane and seeking refuge in a field opposite. He later returned to Clubmoor Community

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worked for us for a couple of months but we obviously all wish him well.” Clubmoor councifior George Smith, who heard about the incident from frightened resi dents moments after it had happened, said: “It’s absolutely deplorable that, something like this can happen. “To know that you are not safe in your place of work is absolutely terrible and I hope the person responsible is caught.” A witness working at the nearby Active Age Centre said: “There were about three or four others in the changing rooms when it happened and one guy was saying he hid in the toilet. The police helicopter came over about half an hour later and flew over the area for quite a while.” The injured man has currently not made a for mal complaint to police. Anyone who might have witnessed the inci dent, or who has any information, can contact Criniestoppers on 0800 555111.

TWO brothers from Tuebrook who allegedly set fire to their newsagents shop in an insurance fiddle got more than they bargained for, a court has heard. The massive explosion also blew up three adjoining properties, caused tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to a school over the road and destroyed a car, Liverpool Crown Court has been told. Miraculously no-one, except one of the broth ers, who were both soaked in petrol, was injured but afterwards the badly burnt brother tried to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board pretending he was an innocent victim, the court heard. The early morning blast which woke sleeping neighbours caused in the region of £100,000 damage, said Simon Christie, prosecuting. In the dock are Mohamed Zindani and his younger brother Towfiq Zindani who between them face a total of nine charges. Mr Christie told the jury that at 207am on Sunday, December 10, 2000 the police were called by residents who had heard an explosion at the newsagents at The Parade, Northway, Wavertree. “The police and fire brigade arrived and found devastation,” he said. Officers spoke to a nearby resident who said he had heard screeching tyres and an engine racing and saw a dark blue Vauxhall Cavalier speeding away from the area, the hearing was told. The brothers had such a car although they did not tell the police about it, the court heard. Mr Christie said it had been “an enormous explosion”, the front of the shop had been blown out and shutters from it were hurled across the road and caused £37,000 worth of damage to the school. It had begun at the back of the brothers’ shop, of which they were tenants, the court heard. The blast totally destroyed their shop and the flat above which was let out to the Zindanis by a couple to provide an income for their old age, he added. Continued on page 3.

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