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Police hunt for men after firearm discharged near pub


POLICE at Warrington are today appealing for information from the public following an incident in which a gun was discharged.
The incident is alleged to have taken place yesterday (Thursday) around 4.40ppm near the Greenwood pub in Greenwood Crescent, Orford.
A man with a firearm was witnessed being chased by two other men riding bicycles.
Armed officers went to the scene and made a thorough search of the area, including house-to-house enquiries but there was no trace of anyone.
There have been no reports of any injuries that could be linked to the incident and officers are trying to establish if the firearm was a genuine weapon or not.
They want to speak to anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of any of the men involved, or information regarding their identities.
Chief Inspector Simon Meegan said: “We have launched an investigation following reports of a small firearm having been discharged in a public place during daylight hours.
“This has understandably caused concern in the local area and I want to reassure Warrington residents that we are taking this extremely seriously. We are doing everything we can to establish exactly what has taken place.
“At the current time this appears to be an isolated incident.
“We have stepped up patrols in the area to provide reassurance and as part of our enquiries we are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to the investigation.
“We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who any of the males involved in the incident are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.”
The man who was being chased was estimated to be in his late 30s. His hair is described as long, brown and scruffy and he was wearing high-visibility orange trousers and a grey T-shirt.
One of the two men on bikes was of stocky build had a bald head and was wearing a blue coloured Puffa-style jacket. The other had short dark hair.
Anyone able to help should call police on 101, quoting IML 371477, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.


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