MP gives support to householder arrested for reportedly shooting suspected burglars.

A homeowner continues to be questioned by police after he reportedly shot two suspected burglars at his remote farm in Melton Mowbray. Photo: ITV News

A homeowner continues to be questioned by police after he reportedly shot two suspected burglars at his remote farm in Melton Mowbray.

The man has been named locally as 35-year-old Andy Ferrie and his wife 43-year-old Tracey, both were arrested in the early hours of Sunday after they were disturbed by a break-in.

It is understood Mr Ferrie grabbed a legally-owned shotgun and fired at two of the four intruders before calling police.

Mr Ferrie and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton said householders should not be prosecuted for defending their home.

The farmhouse is still being guarded by police Credit: ITV News

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

Police received a phone call from the owner of a house at 12.26am (Sunday 2 September) say Andy Ferrie called them saying he had fired a legally-held shotgun, after intruders broke into his home.

Mr Ferrie also informed police the intruders had left the scene.

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.

A 35-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested in Melton on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Four men aged between 27 and 33 were arrested at the Leicester Royal Infirmary on suspicion of aggravated burglary.