Twelve arrested over Rhys murder
Long inquiry after schoolboy shot
Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones.
They were held by Merseyside Police in a series of dawn raids in the Croxteth area of the city.
Two youths, aged 16 and 17, and two men, aged 24 and 25, were being held on suspicion of murdering the 11-year-old schoolboy in August 2007.
Three youths, two men and three women were being held for alleged offences including assisting an offender.
Rhys was shot in the neck as he walked home from football practice in Croxteth Park, Liverpool, on 22 August.
Merseyside police raided a number of homes early on Tuesday.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, attempting to pervert the course of justice and possession of a firearm and ammunition.
A 49-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
A youth, 17, is also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.
The three women, aged 50, 54 and 21, and a 22-year-old man, have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Following the arrests, Bernard Hogan-Howe, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, paid tribute to Rhys's parents Stephen, 45, and Melanie, 42, for their support and patience.