Two arrested after gunshots fired in Hastings
28 February 2016
Police discovered the shots had caused damage to a door and a window at the front of the multi-occupancy property. No one was hurt.
Inspector James Scott said: “This is a fast moving investigation and we have arrested two people for a firearms offence. We are appealing for witnesses who saw the shooting or anyone who has any information to contact us.
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Two still in custody after Hastings shooting incident
29 February 2016
Police are continuing to investigate an incident in which a gun was fired at a property in Devonshire Road, Hastings, just before 5.50pm on Sunday (28 February).
A firearms unit and the police helicopter went to the scene after reports that two people had got out of a car and fired a gun at a building.
Police discovered the shots had caused damage to a door and two windows, one of which was smashed, at the front of the multi-occupancy property. Nobody was outside the building at the time and nobody was hurt.
A 51-year old man and a 31-year old woman, both from St Leonards, who were arrested nearby soon afterwards on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, are still in custody for interview and further enquiries.
No firearm has yet been found and forensic work is contnuing to establish the type of weapon used.
Chief Inspector Paul Phelps said: “We are appealing for witnesses who saw the shooting or anyone who has any information to contact us.
In particular, we understand some people went into the Sainsburys Local which is at the other end of Devonshire Road to report what had happened, but left without giving their details. We ask them to contact us as soon as possible.”
If you can help please contact police by emailing [email protected] or ring 101 quoting Operation Highsted.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-org.uk).
Paul Phelps added; “We can reassure residents that this is a very rare incident for Hastings, and there is currently nothing to suggest that there is a risk to the wider community in the town.
“It is certainly not terrorist-related and we are examining other possibly more local motives.”