Two gunmen jailed for home shooting

Liam Roscoe and James Connor
Liam Roscoe and James Connor travelled from the North West to fire two shots at a property in Hull in July 2023 [Humberside Police]

Two "violent" gunmen who fired shots at a house in Hull – smashing a video doorbell and shattering a mirror – have been jailed.

Liam Roscoe, 25, and James Connor, 27, travelled from north-west England to fire two bullets at the home on River Grove, in a "deliberately targeted" attack on 20 July 2023, Humberside Police said.

At Grimsby Crown Court, Roscoe was jailed for 10 years, while Connor was handed a four-year prison term.

Roscoe, of Birkrig, Skelmersdale, denied possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence but was convicted in February. Connor, of Statton Road, Liverpool, previously admitted the charge.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said no one was injured, but the shooting left the victim "terrified".

CCTV footage captured Roscoe and Connor fleeing from the scene before getting into a car and driving along Hessle Road, police said.

The vehicle was registered to Connor, who had driven from Liverpool via Skelmersdale, where he stopped at a pub and picked up Roscoe.

Row of houses on River Grove in Hull
The shooting happened on River Grove in Hull [Google]

CCTV footage showed the men parking the car just before 15:45 BST, before walking past the property to scope it out.

About an hour later, police were called to reports of gunshots. Officers found a bullet hole through the front window.

Det Ch Insp Jayne Goodens said: “Clearly these men thought they could evade the police by shooting at a property... before fleeing back to Merseyside and Lancashire, but sadly for them this wasn’t the case."

She said the force worked with the relevant constabularies to "take two violent men off our streets where they can no longer cause harm to our communities".

“There is no doubt that this was an extremely dangerous act, which could have very easily resulted in someone being seriously injured or killed," the detective said.

Connor was found on Crosswood Crescent, in Liverpool, where he was arrested on 3 August.

Three weeks later, Roscoe was arrested at Liverpool Airport, where he was found using another person’s details to travel.

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