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Olivia Pratt-Korbel police make 11th arrest as they hold man, 40, for assisting an offender

Police have made their 11th arrest as they search for the person who killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel (pictured)

Merseyside Police have made their 11th arrest as they investigate the shocking murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel at her home in Liverpool last month.

A 40-year-old man from Dovecot, Liverpool, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of aiding an offender.

The man has been detained and remains in custody at a police station as the force continues to try to find the little girl’s killer.

A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: ‘He was taken to the police station for questioning. This is the 11th arrest to date.

The schoolgirl died at the city’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after being shot dead at her home in Knotty Ash when a gunman who was pursuing burglar and drug dealer Joseph Nee broke into the property around 10 p.m. on August 22, firing indiscriminately.

Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, was hit in the wrist as she desperately tried to close her front door, but the bullet also hit her daughter who was standing behind her.

The youngster was rushed to hospital but could not be saved. Neither the shooter nor his target had ties to Olivia’s family. Nee remains in the hospital.

Just yesterday detectives made their tenth arrest in connection with yesterday’s attack – a 34-year-old man.

But, so far, no one has been charged with Olivia’s murder, as detectives say anyone withholding information just in case will ‘protect the killers’ amid a code of silence within the gangs. of Liverpool.

Police have made their 11th arrest as they search for the person who killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel (pictured)

Police have made their 11th arrest as they search for the person who killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel (pictured)

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, the nine-year-old Liverpool girl who was shot dead at her Liverpool home last month

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, the nine-year-old Liverpool girl who was shot dead at her Liverpool home last month

Olivia, the nine-year-old Liverpool girl who was shot dead at her Liverpool home last month

Last week Crimestoppers announced the biggest single reward offer increasing it to £200,000 in a bid to hunt down the killer.

The charity’s founder and chairman, Lord Ashcroft, said: “This case has been incredibly shocking, not just to those directly affected, but to Liverpool and the nation as a whole.”

“I am delighted that with the support of a private donor, Crimestoppers can now offer a record £200,000 for information to catch Olivia’s killer.

“A precious young life has been lost, so we must do everything we can to find those involved in this appalling murder.”

Police also revealed that the two weapons used were a .38 revolver – the weapon responsible for Olivia’s murder – and a self-loading Glock-style 9mm pistol that was fired early in the incident.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel's coffin is taken out of St Margaret Mary's Church on September 15, 2022

Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s coffin is taken out of St Margaret Mary’s Church on September 15, 2022

This is the killer captured by CCTV.  Police are sure he is protected as they try to find the weapons he was carrying

This is the killer captured by CCTV. Police are sure he is protected as they try to find the weapons he was carrying

Police and medical examiners at the property in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead

Police and medical examiners at the property in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead

Crimestoppers: Information about Olivia’s death – and the £200,000 reward – cannot be traced to whistleblowers

Crimestoppers is independent from the police and takes information about crime completely anonymously.

The charity’s chief executive, Mark Hallas, said: ‘If you’re too scared to talk to the police, remember our charity, Crimestoppers, is here to help you do what you it’s necessary.

‘Tell Crimestoppers what you know while remaining completely anonymous. Please understand: Crimestoppers has delivered on its promise to protect your identity since our beginnings in the late 1980s

“You can contact us via our website or call our UK contact center on 0800 555 111. Details on how to claim this award are available online (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

“When you contact Crimestoppers, we never ask for or store any personal data. All we ask is that you tell us what you know about who killed Olivia so that there can be a slow healing for her mother, her family, the city of Liverpool and all those affected. by this truly horrible murder.

Merseyside Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: ‘This happened in mid-summer in an area where innocent locals allegedly took advantage of the park. Again, as with the first time this weapon has been used in our communities, we find that those who possess it have no concern, thought or loyalty for others or their safety.

“Again, they don’t deserve anyone’s loyalty.”

DCS Kameen has called for patience as the force investigates the murder of nine-year-old Olivia.

Speaking at a press conference earlier this month, he said: ‘I recognize that people will wonder and wonder why no one has been charged despite these arrests. If I can assure you that this is normal practice in any complex investigation, the threshold for arresting someone is much lower than for charging someone. Please be patient with us. The investigation is progressing.

“The detectives involved in the justice for Olivia and her family are working tirelessly with genuine care and passion towards the goal of securing these charges against everyone involved in her murder. It doesn’t matter how big their role is.

Investigative officers worked more than 15,000 hours, scanned thousands of hours of CCTV and investigated more than 400 pieces of information submitted by the public.

Two weeks ago, Ms Korbel, 46, addressed a crowd of mourners at St Mary Margaret’s Church in Knotty Ash.

Hundreds of people, many wearing a ‘touch of pink’ at the behest of Olivia’s family, lined the streets as the youngster’s coffin was brought to the church by a white horse-drawn carriage horses.

Dressed in a black jacket with a pink ribbon, Ms Korbel told the congregation that Olivia, known to family and friends as Liv, was born six weeks earlier and spent nine days in a unit special for babies.

“She was so small, but even as a newborn she had a mind of her own,” Ms Korbel said.

She described Olivia’s “cheeky smile” and how she loved animals and singing and dancing. The mother-of-three added: ‘Olivia was very talkative and bubbly and spoke for England, to the point where we thought she had Duracell batteries in her somewhere.’

“She would have made an excellent lawyer because she had the answer to everything.”

At the end of the eulogy, Ms Korbel said: ‘Liv touched the hearts of so many and was loved and adored by all. She will never be forgotten. I will never say goodbye but what I will say is good evening, I love you, see you tomorrow morning.

A eulogy for Olivia’s father, John Francis Pratt, was read by the parish priest, Father Roy Cooper. He described ‘our own little diva’ and said Olivia was kind, caring and helpful.

Olivia’s sister, Chloe, also gave a reading during the hour-long service.

In a eulogy, Olivia's mother Cheryl Korbel (pictured holding a pink teddy bear) said:

In a eulogy, Olivia’s mother Cheryl Korbel (pictured holding a pink teddy bear) said: ‘Liv touched the hearts of so many and was loved and adored by all. She will never be forgotten’

Crimestoppers are offering a record £200,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool

Crimestoppers are offering a record £200,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool

Olivia’s white coffin, with butterflies painted on the side, was topped with lilies. Floral unicorn and teddy bear tributes were placed alongside her in the carriage.

Rebecca Wilkinson, Olivia’s principal at St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School, which is next to the church, attended the funeral.

Students decorated the school’s railings with pink ribbons, while Olivia’s name was spelled out in pink hearts in the windows. Her classmates also painted their nails pink in her memory and watched her favorite movie, Matilda, instead of taking classes.

In his homily, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon said Olivia was a “gift to her family and all who knew her”.

He said he believed ‘Olivia’s untimely death will lead to a community here in Liverpool free of violence, that it will become a place of peace and justice’. Amazing Grace was sung as Olivia’s casket was taken out of the church.

His family embraced and wiped away tears as mourners cheered as the motorcade left for a private family burial.

People can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via its website or on 0800 555 111

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