Three more arrested as investigation into suspected firearms incident continues
19 Feb | 13:25


Officers have arrested three more people in connection with a suspected firearms incident in Newcastle.

Shortly after 11.30pm on Thursday night, police received a report a window of a property on Dykefield Avenue in Fawdon had been damaged.

An investigation was launched and on Saturday a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Two other men, aged 23 and 33, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. They remain in custody at this time.

In further searches on Monday and three more men were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The men, aged 19, 26, and 36 have since been released under investigation.

And now police have revealed that a further three people were arrested yesterday (Tuesday) bringing the overall number of arrests to nine.

A 40-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm during the activity yesterday and they remain in police custody.

Another woman, aged 50, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender but has since been released under investigation.  

Detective Inspector Sally MacDonald, from Northumbria Police's homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "We know this incident will no doubt have shocked the local community and those living in the nearby area.

"Thankfully no one was injured and our investigation is well underway. We arrested a total of nine people in connection with this incident but we are still interested in hearing from anyone who might have information about those involved.

“This was not a random attack and we know there are still people out we haven’t spoken to who hold vital information which can help our enquiries progress. 

"Our officers will remain in the area so if you have any concerns, please come and speak to us."

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 1201 130220. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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