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UPDATE: Witness appeal after Preston firearms discharge

Monday, August 31, 2020

We are appealing for witnesses following a firearms discharge in Preston.  

Police were called around 3.30pm yesterday (Sunday, August 30) to reports a firearm, believed to be a shotgun, had been discharged twice in Elcho Street. No-one was injured but a property was damaged. It is not believed this was the intended target. 

Three men, wearing balaclavas, were later seen making off from the scene in a silver Land Rover in the direction of Garstang Road. 

Detectives are appealing for information and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the weapon being discharged. 

Officers also want to speak to the driver of a blue Ford Fiesta, who is thought to have seen the Land Rover on Charnock Fold shorly after the incident. The Land Rover travelled the wrong way up the road, with the driver of the Ford reversing to allow the car through.

Det Insp Chris Wellard, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are appealing for information following a firearms discharge in Preston. 

“The weapon, believed to be a shotgun, is thought to have been discharged from within a silver Land Rover, which had three men on board. 

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the gun being fired. If you saw what happened, or anyone acting suspiciously in the Elcho Street area, please come forward.

"After reviewing CCTV we also understand the driver of a blue Ford Fiesta saw the offending vehicle on Charnock Fold and reversed to allow it past - if this was you please come forward.

“Incidents of this nature are extremely rare, the police take them very seriously and we have a dedicated team of detectives working on the investigation.” 

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0968 of August 30. You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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