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Seven arrests now made in investigation into two firearms incidents in Newcastle

10 Jan 2018 15:00 PM

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UPDATE - 3.50pm, January 10

We have today made six arrests as part of an investigation into two firearms incidents in Newcastle.
 
The first report in to us was just after 9pm on Monday evening when a gun shot was heard on Deepdale Crescent in Cowgate.
 
Officers attended and found that a window had been damaged at an address on the street. Nobody was injured.
 
Then at 11.10pm the same evening a second report was made to us of two loud bangs just after 11pm in Oakfield Gardens in Benwell.
 
Officers attended and found windows at a property on the street had also been damaged. Again, nobody was injured.
 
Enquiries into both incidents have been ongoing over the past couple of days and we believe those involved are all known to each other.
 
One man was arrested in connection with the incidents yesterday afternoon but now a further six men have been arrested. They all remain in police custody at this time.
 
Superintendent Nicola Musgrove said the quick police response should provide reassurance to the public.
 
She said: “This is the fourth incident involving a firearm since the New Year so we recognise that people may have concerns.
 
“The first incident in Brunswick on New Year’s day is being treated as an isolated incident and a man has already been arrested and charged in connection with that.
 
“In relation to the incidents on Tuesday night we have now made seven arrests in 24 hours which should provide some reassurance to local people.
 
“We do believe those involved are known to each other and that there is no wider risk to the public at this time.
 
“We are also keeping an open mind as to whether the same people are involved in the firearms incident in Brunswick on January 4 and enquiries are progressing in that case.
 
“Our increased policing presence in the area will continue today and this evening and we would continue to urge anyone with concerns to speak to those officers in question.”
 
Any witnesses, or anyone with any information about the incidents last night, should contact police on 101 quoting log 983 08/01/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

FIRST RELEASE - 9am, January 9

An investigation has been launched after two reports of gun shots in Newcastle last night.

The first report in to police was just after 9pm last night when a gun shot was heard on Deepdale Crescent in Cowgate.

Officers attended and found that a window had been damaged at an address on the street. Nobody was injured.

Then at 11.10pm a second report was made to police of two loud bangs just after 11pm in Oakfield Gardens in Benwell.

Officers attended and found windows at a property on the street had also been damaged. Again, nobody was injured.

Enquiries into both incidents are ongoing and officers are keeping an open mind as to whether they may be linked.

It is believed that the offenders used vehicles in both incidents.

Superintendent Nicola Musgrove, of Northumbria Police, said incidents of this nature were not common in the city and a full investigation was underway.

She said: "We have now had four incidents in the New Year of firearms being discharged which is very unusual for our region.

"The Northumbria force area is not a place that has a problem with gun crime and it remains one of the safest places to live in the country.

"One person has already been charged in relation to an incident in Brunswick on New Year's Day and a full investigation is underway for the other incidents.

"Nobody has been injured in any of these incidents and the firearms have been used to damage property but it is still very concerning that firearms are being used in this way.

"The incidents last night are similar in nature and have taken place in a close proximity in a relatively short time period so we are keeping an open mind as to whether the same people could be involved.

"There will be an increased police presence in Benwell and Cowgate this morning to carry our house-to-house enquiries so if anyone has concerns we would encourage you to speak to our officers.

"If anyone saw what happened, or saw any suspicious vehicles driving in the areas of each incident last night, then we would urge you to get in touch."

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information about the incidents last night, should contact police on 101 quoting log 983 09/01/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.