Two arrests after shooting at family home

Shots were fired in Devon Road, Luton.
Shots were fired in Devon Road, Luton.

Two people were arrested this morning in connection with shots being fired at a family home on Wednesday.

Dawn raids took place in Briar Close, The Drummonds in Dunstable Road, Tower Court in Tower Road and The Magpies.

Two men, aged 17 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and violence, on suspicion of conspiracy to cause criminal damage and on suspicion of affray.

The arrests are in relation to shots being fired at a house in Devon Road where a mother and her children were settling in for the night.

Det Insp Iain Morgan, said: “Following the incident which took place in Devon Road on Wednesday night we received some very important information from witnesses and members of the community which enabled us to execute these warrants this morning and make two arrests.

“I continue to appeal to anyone who has information about the offence that took place in Devon Road or from anyone who was in or near the area at the time and recalls hearing or seeing a motorcycle or the offenders before or after the offence.

“All information given to the police is used and kept confidentially, so if anyone has information that can help in the fight against those who are involved in gun crime, I would encourage them to speak to officers now.”

Both men will be questioned by detectives today.

The incident on Wednesday is not believed to be related to the wider on-going gun crime in Luton and is being dealt with separately, but Bedfordshire Police have so far arrested 63 people, executed 55 warrants, recovered 27 firearms, carried out 231 overt patrol stop-checks and charged four people with firearm/weapon offences.

A further 12 people are currently on bail for similar offences.

Anyone with information about gun crime can contact detectives on the direct confidential reporting line 01582 394281, or use the 24 hour non-emergency number 101; text force control direct on 07786 200011 or contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. Up to £2000 worth of reward money is available for information about gun crime in Luton.