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Episode 163: The Liverpool gang wars and murder of school girl Olivia Pratt-Korbel

Nicola Tallant discusses Merseyside’s links to organised crime and its position as the UK’s most important city for drugs and weapons importation

Olivia Pratt-Korbel's coffin is carried out of St Margaret Mary's Church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool after her funeral. The nine-year-old girl was shot at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool. Picture date: Thursday September 15, 2022.© PA

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot in her own home by a gangland gunman© PA

Nicola TallantSunday World

The murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool on August 22 has left Merseyside's underworld reeling from a major crackdown on organised crime.

The little girl, who was shot when her mother opened the door of their home after hearing commotion outside, will forever be remembered as the ultimate innocent victim of gangland crime.

This week, Thomas Cashman was charged with her murder and a second man, Paul Russell, was brought before the courts for assisting an offender.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot in her own home by a gangland gunman© PA

But police have said their investigation is on-going and they are committed to finding anyone involved in the murder, while a record £200,000 reward has been put up for information.

Nicola Tallant chats with Liverpool Echo Crime Reporter Jonathan Humphries, who discusses 'Operation Miller', the policing tsunami that has followed Olivia’s murder and the hundreds of criminals caught up in the searches, raids and seizures.

He describes the history of Liverpool’s links to organised crime, its position as the UK’s most important city for drugs and weapons importation and the widespread grief and disbelief of its citizens for a lost child.

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