Man charged following firearms incident in West Denton
04 Jun | 12:50

A man is due to appear in court today charged in connection with a firearms incident in Newcastle last week.

At around 1.21am on Friday police received reports of a disturbance on Lordenshaw in the West Denton area of the city.

Officers attended the scene and found that a firearm had been discharged through a window at an address on the street. 

A 34-year-old female was in the address at the time and was spoken to by officers but did not require any medical treatment.

Inquiries to identify those responsible have been ongoing across the weekend and a significant cordon was in place on Lordenshaw.

Warrants were executed at four address across the Fawdon and Kenton areas of Newcastle and three men were arrested. Two firearms were also seized during the searches.

Now one of the men has been charged with firearms offences and was due to appear before magistrates in Bedlington this morning.

He is Michael Kirton, 26, of Fordmoss, West Denton, was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm when prohibited, witness intimidation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A 31-year-old man arrested over the weekend currently remains in police custody. The other man, aged 27, has been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Knox said: "We recognise that this incident would have caused concern for local residents in West Denton.

"Incidents involving firearms are rare and so when they do take place we expect that it will have an impact on the local community.

"We do believe that this was an isolated incident and that there was never any wider danger to members of the public in the area.

"Our officers have been working hard over the weekend to identify those involved and establish exactly why this address was targeted.

"That work resulted in the execution of a number of warrants across Newcastle and three men were brought into custody. One of those men has now been charged.

"I want to thank local residents in Lordenshaw for the patience they have shown in the past few days and for their co-operation with the police investigation.

"Our inquiries will continue and a patrol plan has been in place to maintain a highly visible policing presence in the area over the coming days."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101 quoting reference 58 01/06/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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