Man arrested after reported firearms incident in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 14:52 25 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:32 27 August 2019

Armed police were called to the scene.

Armed police were called to the scene.


A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a reported firearms incident in Axminster.

Lynch Close, off North Street, in Axminster. Picrture:  Chris CarsonLynch Close, off North Street, in Axminster. Picrture: Chris Carson

Armed police were called out to an area of allotments at 10.15pm on Friday, August 23 after reports of a firearm being discharged.

The windows of a nearby property in Lynch Close were found to have damage consistent with gunshots.

An extensive police investigation was launched and a 34-year-old man was arrested by armed officers at an address in Dorset, in the early hours of Sunday, August 25.

He is due to be interviewed later today (Sunday, August 25) on suspicion of attempted murder.

Supt Matt Lawler, the Local Policing Commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon said:

"I would like to emphasise that no-one has been injured as a result of what is an isolated incident.

"We have been supporting the residents of the particular property who have been relocated since Friday evening, and there is no indication of a wider risk to the public.

"This remains a very complex and ongoing investigation, which is being led by local CID, with the support of the Force's Major Crime Investigation Team.

"In the area of Lynch Close and the allotments, local residents will continue to see police activity during the rest of today and through the bank holiday weekend.

"That will include both physical searches, house to house enquires, and detailed forensic examinations, including by a ballistic expert who has been requested to attend.

"For very good operational reasons, we were unable to release further information yesterday given we were actively seeking a person in connection with this, and would therefore like to thank the press and public for their patience until we could provide this further update.

"I would sincerely like to thank local residents who have been so patient and supportive, and I would encourage residents to continue to approach and chat to officers in the area.

"The local neighbourhood team will continue to provide a visible presence so they are available for any questions, support and advice."

Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area of Lynch Close between 7pm and 10.30pm on Friday, August 23.

If anyone has any information they would like to pass to the police, please contact 101 quoting log reference 1088 of 23/08/19 or alternatively anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.

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