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Two Preston men arrested after gun fired in Ingol

Posted on - 5th July, 2012 - 9:59pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News

Two men have been arrested for firing a gun at a flat in Ingol.

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Police were called at 1.50am when three men attempted to enter a flat on Tag Lane at 1.50am on Tuesday and fired a gun into a side window.

The men aged 22 and 25, both from Preston, were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

A 24 year old woman was also arrested for assisting an offender.

All three men were dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas when they attempted to smash their way into the flat.

They were seen driving away from the flat down Hillcrest Avenue in a light blue, silver or grey Ford Focus.

Police are linking the incident to a crash on the Ringway at 4.30am the same morning which saw a Ford Focus crash into barriers close to the Rock FM church.

Det Inspector Paddy O’Neill of Preston CID said: “Thankfully incidents such as these are rare in Preston luckily no one was injured on this occasion. Despite this morning’s arrests we still need help from the public and specifically we are appealing to anybody that saw the Ford Focus leaving the Hillcrest Avenue / Tag Lane area in the early hours of Tuesday morning, to come forward and speak with police.

“My officers are also investigating a road traffic collision that occurred on Ringway at 4.30am that same morning. This is potentially linked to the firearms discharge at Ingol. In this incident a Ford Focus crashed into the barriers close to Rock FM driver fled on foot.

“We are eager to trace any witnesses to the crash and in particular a white man aged in his 40s who flagged down a passing taxi driver who then reported the collision to police. The car has been recovered and is being forensically examined.

“We take a very proactive approach into dealing with firearm incidents and we are determined to find the people responsible. Should anyone have any information that could assist the investigation then I would urge them to call the police.”

Police are appealing for anybody who has any information about this incident to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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