Firearms Incident In Leamington Spa

23rd September 2016

Police in Leamington Spa are appealing for witnesses following a firearms incident in the town.

The incident happened around 4.15pm on Wednesday 21 September in a car park to the rear of a shop on Bath Street, Leamington Spa.

A witness contacted police after a number of shots were reported to have been fired. No one was injured in the incident, which is believed to have been a result of an argument between a group of men.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and a 31-year-old man from Meriden has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Police are keen to trace two men seen walking from Bath Street towards the train station at the time, one man is described as 6ft tall, black, wearing a grey tracksuit and the other is described as 6ft tall, mixed race, wearing light coloured jeans and a grey top with a burgundy motif.

Detective Inspector Jon Belcher said: "Fortunately, no one at the scene, or in the surrounding area was injured as a result of this reckless and dangerous act.

"This incident happened during rush hour in the town centre, where many people would have been travelling at the time and we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything occurring near to the Majestic Wine store or the Bath Street area. We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw a distinctive blue BMW X6 in the area at the time.

"Any incident involving a firearm is extremely concerning for the local community, but thankfully they remain extremely rare in Leamington, the group of people are believed to be known to one another and there is not thought to be any wider threat to the public at this time.

"As part of our ongoing investigation we will have a high-visibility presence around Leamington and the Bath Street area for the time being to speak with members of the public, gather evidence and offer reassurance to local residents and businesses."

Anyone with information can speak with our officers on patrol, contact 101 quoting incident 272 of 21 September 2016 or if you want to give information but don't want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Crimestoppers are not part of the police, when you contact them you won't be identified. The only person who knows you have given information is you.

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