A man’s hand was reportedly cut off in a vicious machete attack in Kirkdale.
Officers were called to G oodall Street, at about 5.55pm after reports a man in his 20s being attacked.
Police said the victim was knifed “possibly with a machete” to his hand and suffered life-changing injuries before being rushed to hospital.
A cordon was put in place on Chirkdale Street, Goodall Street, and Delamore Street.
Children were seen playing football as officers scoured the streets for evidence this evening, as a massive police presence was spread over three streets.
Neighbours reported being unable to leave their homes as police descended on the streets.
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Residents called the incident “scary” but said they weren’t surprised at the large police presence.
A number of neighbours told the ECHO that the man’s had was cut off during the attack.
One woman said: “There is lots of police here. A man had his hand chopped off with a machete.
“More and more police and forensics keep arriving.”
Another added: “Bottom of Delamore Street in Kirkdale is blocked by police.
“Someone got rammed off the road and someone’s hand got chopped off.”
Photos from the scene showed a badly damaged car and car parts scattered all over.
It’s unclear at this stage if the car was involved.
Police said the attack was targeted, but detectives are working to establish a motive.
Chief Inspector Colin Rooney said: “The fact that such a violent incident has taken place in broad daylight on a busy road is particularly shocking.
“At this early stage we think it was a targeted and isolated incident, but need to understand precisely what happened and why.
“If you did see or hear anything, or were passing by Chirkdale Street or Delamore Street and have CCTV or dashcam, please come forward in confidence and we will take action to identify those responsible.
“Knife crime has no place in our communities and by coming together, we can remove criminals and their dangerous weapons from the streets.”
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Officers were seen going door-to-door at the scene and said CCTV enquiries are being carried out.
The force said the victim was taken to hospital after the attack.
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: “You can pass information via our social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’, or call 101 with reference 823 of 19/04.
“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.”