Man arrested after reported firearms incident in Axminster released on bail

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

Lynch Close, off North Street, in Axminster. Picrture: Chris Carson - Credit: Archant

A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a reported firearms incident in Axminster has been released on bail, police said today (Tuesday, August 27)

Armed officers were called to an area of allotments at North Street 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.

As a result of extensive investigations a 34-year-old man was arrested by armed officers at an address in Dorset, in the early hours of Sunday, August 25, on suspicion of attempted murder.

He has since been released on police bail until September 20.


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Supt Matt Lawler, 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 the local Criminal Investigation Department (CID), with the support of the force's major crime investigation team."

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During the Bank Holiday weekend police carried out house to house enquires and detailed forensic examinations, including by a ballistic expert.

Supt Lawler said: "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 have issued an appeal 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 should contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/076528/19 You can also share information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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