Homeowners arrested after suspected burglars shot

Police at the property in Welby, Leicestershire Photo: ITV News

Police who arrested a homeowner who shot two suspected burglars have been granted more time to question him.

Named by sources as Andy Ferrie, 35, he was arrested in the early hours of Sunday after he and his 43-year-old wife Tracey were disturbed by a break-in at their isolated farm in the Welby area of Leicestershire, near Melton Mowbray.

Mrs Ferrie was also arrested and both are being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The farmhouse is in a remote area close to Melton Mowbray Credit: ITV News

It is understood Mr Ferrie fired a legally owned shotgun at the intruders during the break-in. The couple have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Their MP has spoken out to support the couple. Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton said householders should not be prosecuted for defending their home.

If this is a straightforward case of someone using a shotgun to defend themselves against burglars in the dead of night, then I would hope that the police will prosecute the burglars and not my constituents

– Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton

Police received a phone call at 12.26am on Sunday from Andy Ferrie saying he had fired a legally-held shotgun, after intruders broke into his home.

Detectives say around five minutes later they were then informed by the ambulance service of a man who appeared to have shotgun wounds.

A second man presented himself at the Leicester Royal Infirmary with similar injuries. Police say neither of the injuries are life threatening.

Four men aged between 27 and 33 were arrested at the Leicester Royal Infirmary on suspicion of aggravated burglary. Neither Mr or Mrs Ferrie were injured in the incident

A police spokeswoman said officers had been granted more time to question all six:

Police investigating an incident in Melton have been granted a magistrates' court extension to question those arrested

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