A car was seen on fire outside a house weeks before two grenades were found.
People living on Parkview Road in Croxteth were evacuated from their homes at around 1am on Monday, November 6, after two grenades were discovered. It came after police were called to reports two men, dressed in black, broke into a house on Parkview Road and set fire to it at around 10.40pm on Bonfire Night.
Fire crews extinguished the fire and following a search, one grenade was found inside the property and another was found outside. No injuries were reported at the time.
Residents reported seeing a car on fire outside the same property just a few weeks before the grenades were found. Merseyside Police today confirmed both incidents are being investigated by detectives and the investigation team remain open-minded about the motives of each attack.
Detectives are still searching for two men who broke into the house on Parkview Road. Police said they continue to gather intelligence and CCTV from the area.
Both grenades were removed from Parkview Road by the bomb disposal team and taken to a secluded field on Lower Lane, where they were safely detonated.
Speaking to the ECHO earlier this month, local policing Superintendent Sarbjit Kaur said: "It's absolutely shocking that within our communities we have these type of weapons. It's not something we come across very often, but again it's that moment of the what if.
"What if it had exploded? What if it had caused more damage than the fire had already caused? It could have been catastrophic.
"I think we're very lucky that they've not detonated. It's so reckless of those that are responsible for it.
"That's where we're really keen and we will be robust in our approach to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information should contact police by DM via their social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 23001101852. You can also pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or contact them via their online form at: Give information anonymously | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)