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Man shot dead in garden attack

A 24-year-old man shot dead in a back garden during a targeted attack has been named locally as Mark Shaw.

Detectives were hunting a gunman after Mr Shaw, described as "polite and lovely" by neighbours, was found fatally injured at the back of a terraced house in the Top Valley area of Nottingham.

Paramedics tried to revive Mr Shaw at the property on Heatherington Gardens but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said the shooting was not a "random attack" and the victim is believed to have had a "connection" with the gunman.

It is understood the house where Mr Shaw was found did not belong to him. Family liaison officers spent Saturday informing his relatives.

A 50-year-old woman, who lives near the where the shooting happened and knew Mr Shaw, said he was a keen Nottingham Forest fan and footballer.

She said: "He was a lovely boy. He was really clean and decent and went out of his way to say hello. It's quietened down a lot here. There are not a lot of youths hanging around. It's horrible that something like this has happened. I cannot get my head round it."

Neighbour Alison Wheeldon said she was woken up as police arrived on the street shortly before 1am.

She said: "There was loads of dogs barking outside quite loudly and my dog then started going absolutely mad so I've jumped out of bed, looked out the window and seen police, ambulances, armed police running round, dogs running round. It's quite shocking and scary to see that."

Heatherington Gardens was cordoned off as forensics officers in white suits examined the scene for evidence. A bunch of flowers had been laid by the police cordon while a female officer stood guard outside the house as her colleagues worked in the property, protected by a blue and white tent.


From Belfast Telegraph