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Two arrested in connection with Coventry shootings

John Carlon 2nd Jan, 2020

POLICE in Coventry have arrested two men following three shootings in Coventry over the weekend (December 27 and 28).

Officers stopped a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man on Corporation Street in the city centre, in the early hours of December 29, who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The men are in police custody.

An investigation was launched after a man was shot in Watcombe Road, in Wood End, just before 6:30pm on Friday night (27 December).

The 23-year-old was taken to hospital with shotgun injuries to his head which are not thought to be serious.

Shortly after, a 16 year-old boy was taken to hospital with injuries to his shoulder which are not thought to be life threatening.

Officers say he was walking on Hillmorton Road, Wood End just after 7:30pm when a car drove past and fired shots at him.

A further incident occurred on December 28 at 11pm, with shots fired at a house in Norwood Grove, Wood End.

Chief Inspector Paul Minor, from Coventry Police, said: “There is no place for violent acts such as these on our streets. It’s extremely fortunate that the two young people were not seriously injured or worse.

“We’re doing all we can to understand the circumstances, find those responsible and take robust action against those who think it’s acceptable to carry weapons on our streets.

“We will continue to work tirelessly with partners and local people to tackle the harm and misery it causes to families, friends and the wider community.

“From 5pm this evening until 2am tomorrow morning (30 December) officers will be using Section 60 powers in Coventry city centre and the Wood End area to tackle violent crime.

“The extra powers allow officers to stop and search people without reasonable grounds but where there is a risk of violence or weapons being used.”

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