3rd Dec, 2016

Police appeal after 'reckless and dangerous' firearms incident in Leamington

Leamington Editorial 22nd Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SHOTS were reportedly fired but no-one was injured in a ‘reckless and dangerous’ firearms incident in Leamington town centre.

Police were called to a car park at the rear of a shop in Bath Street around 4.15pm on Wednesday (September 21).

It is believed the incident was as a result of an argument between a group of men.

Inquiries are ongoing but 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 who were seen walking from Bath Street towards the train station at the time.

One is described as 6ft tall, black and was wearing a grey tracksuit while the other was thought to be around the same height, and of mixed race. He was 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 taking place near to the Majestic Wine store or in 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 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 residents and businesses.”

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.