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Two arrested after Luton shooting

Man dies after shooting in Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Luton man, Paul Foster. The first man, aged 21 and from Luton, was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday at an address in the town.

The second man, aged 24 and also from Luton, handed himself in to Luton Police Station yesterday afternoon. Both were questioned by detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit and released on police bail pending further investigation.

Paul Foster, 46 years, was shot and killed in Luton on Tuesday night (April 9) after an incident outside a house in Brunel Road just before midnight.

Detective Supt Jeff Hill, Head of the Major Crime Unit, said: “I would remind members of the public that although two men have been arrested in connection with this investigation there have been no charges at this time.

“This is still an ongoing investigation and I would make a strong appeal to anyone who has information relating to this inquiry to come forward and speak with detectives.

Father and son found guilty of triple shooting

John Fred Smith Jnr Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A father and son have been found guilty for their involvement in a triple shooting in Peterborough.

Fred Steven Smith, 47, and John Fred Smith, 23, of Edgerley Drain Road, Peterborough, were convicted today at Peterborough Crown Court.

Smith senior, was found guilty of three counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.Smith junior, was found guilty of attempted murder, two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Both men will be sentenced on Friday.

Fred Steven Smith Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The shooting happened on September 17, last year, when three men were shot at the Oxney Road Caravan Park.

The incident is believed to have been sparked off by an earlier incident involving a relative of the Smiths but the matter was never reported to police.


Policeman murdered: Politician's tribute

Armed officers at the scene of the shooting Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has paid tribute to PC Ian Dibell who was shot and killed in Clacton-on-Sea.

Ms Cooper said "I am shocked and appalled by the terrible news from Essex tonight and our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Pc Ian Dibell.

"We are all reminded that police officers on or off duty put themselves in harm's way to protect the public and they have our greatest admiration for their bravery, for what they do and the risks they take daily to keep us safe.

"It is important to remember that the suspect in this shooting is still at large and police officers are still searching for him.

"We all wish this a speedy and safe resolution tonight."

A major manhunt is underway for the gunman who has been named by senior officers as Peter Reeve.

Policeman murdered: Eyewitness reports

The street where the murder happened Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

People living in the Essex street where an off duty policeman was shot dead have been describing what happened. One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the gunman had crashed a car in an alleyway near a local doctor's surgery.

He said doctors later rushed out to help the men who had been shot.

Another neighbour said: "The first indication I had was what sounded like car doors being slammed.

"I went to look out into the street and there were all these police cars. All I could see were police cars and my friends were then phoning me telling me to stay inside and keep my doors and windows locked."

A major manhunt is now underway for the gunman who has been named by police as Peter Reeve.

Policeman murdered: Fellow officers' tribute

The scene of the double shooting Credit: Eastnews Press Agency

Tributes have been paid to the Essex police officer who has been shot and killed in a street at Clacton-on-Sea.

PC Ian Dibell died from shotgun wounds. A second, as yet unnamed, man has been seriously injured.

Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, paid tribute to Pc Dibell, saying: "This is extremely tragic and devastating news. Police Constable Ian Dibell demonstrated remarkable courage and bravery whilst off-duty and has paid the ultimate price.

Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, added: "This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Pc Ian Dibell's family, friends and colleagues at this extremely sad time.

"This appalling incident highlights the dangers that police officers face every day."

A major manhunt is currently underway for the gunman who has been named by police as 64 year old Peter Reeve.


Policeman murdered: Gunman still at large

A police tent marks murder scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Reports that a man shot and killed at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex was a serving police officer have been confirmed by the chairman of the Police Federation.

Paul McKeever has written on Twitter: "Every police officer in the country is thinking of our colleagues in Essex.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague who has been killed in Essex. It's a very sad day indeed."

As a hunt for the gunman continues Essex Police have refused to confirm the victim's identity or that of a second man seriously injured by shotgun wounds.

Clacton Shootings: Manhunt continues as darkness falls

Media gather at murder scene Credit: ITV Anglia

As darkness falls on the Essex seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea a major police manhunt has so far failed to track down an armed gunman who has killed one man and seriously injured another.

Unconfirmed reports say the victim was an off duty police officer.

A second man is said by police to be in hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police marksmen armed with assault rifles and handguns and wearing body armour have been searching the area around the quiet residential street where the shootings happened.

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