Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Man held as burglary suspect shot

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspected burglar was shot

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a suspected burglar was shot.

Police were called to Leigh Sinton in Worcestershire on Wednesday night following reports from the ambulance service of a man in the village with a gunshot wound to the leg.

The shooting is being linked to a burglary in Whitbourne, Herefordshire.

A man aged in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, police said.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "A man in his 60s has also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to the burglary in Whitbourne and remains in custody in Hereford.

"Police believe the two incidents in Whitbourne and Leigh Sinton are linked."

The shot man, who is in his 20s, was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, West Mercia Police said. His injuries are serious but not believed to be life-threatening and he remains in hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hughes at Hereford CID, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the areas around Whitbourne and Leigh Sinton between 7.45pm and 8.15pm.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle, possibly being driven at speed, travelling along routes between Whitbourne and Leigh Sinton, as well anyone who saw the two men in their 20s in the centre of Leigh Sinton."

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Hereford CID on 0300 3333 000 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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