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Man was found in car in Newton with gunshot wounds

It happened on the road into Newton, Warwickshire
It happened on the road into Newton, Warwickshire Credit: ITV News Central

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot in Newton, near Rugby in Warwickshire.

The man was found in an abandoned vehicle with gunshot wounds after a member of the public called police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One car left the road while two vehicles were seen making off along Newton Road towards Newton Village and the A5.

Two arrests have been made in relation to the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a silver hatchback and a maroon or red car driving off.

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Ambulance service confirm attendance at Newton

The West Midlands Ambulance Service has confirmed it attended the scene of a 'serious police incident' in Newton, near Rugby in Warwickshire, at 11.45am.

The ambulance crews left the scene at 1pm, but police are still at the scene, and Newton Road is closed.

The service says it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

Read: Resident tweets armed police picture in Newton

Newton resident tweets picture of armed police

A photograph has been tweeted appearing to show armed police in attendance at an ongoing 'serious police incident' near Rugby.

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Police have sealed off Newton Road,near Rugby, Warks, and by the looks of it Newton itself. Armed officers there. http://t.co/QJi5WRMyrY

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More: Road closed in Warwickshire as police deal with 'serious incident'

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Road closed due to 'serious police incident' near Rugby

Police are dealing with a 'serious incident'
Police are dealing with a 'serious incident' Credit: PA

Newton Road near Rugby is currently closed as police deal with what they describe as a 'serious incident'.

Emergency services were called at around 11.45am, near the village of Newton.

They say the incident involved at least two vehicles - one left the road while another, possible two, were seen making off towards Newton and the A5.

These cars are described as a silver hatchback and a maroon or red coloured car.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen any cars driving erratically in the area, particularly the A5.

They say Newton Roa is still closed between Newton and the crossroads with Newton Manor Lane at the St Thomas Cross Inn.

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#Rugby incident: Newton Road is closed between Newton & crossroads with Newton Manor Lane. Please bear with us. http://t.co/iLqAouPcOL

Ex-Tigers hooker attacked by machete gang

Three international rugby players - including one former Leicester Tigers star - are recovering in hospital after being attacked by a machete-wielding gang in the south of France.

Former hooker for the Tigers, Benjamin Kayser, was walking back to a hotel with fellow Clermont players Julien Pierre and Aurelien Rougerie when they were set upon, suffering serious cuts from weapons including knives, machetes and swords.

Former Leicester Tigers star Benjamin Kayser was among those attacked
Former Leicester Tigers star Benjamin Kayser was among those attacked Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Kayser had to undergo surgery for his wounds, which included the slicing of his left arm and hand. His recovery is expected to take around four weeks.

Rougerie was hit in the neck with a shovel, while Pierre - the most seriously injured - had severe cuts and a hip injury.

An investigation has been launched.

Meanwhile, members of the rugby world have been taking to Twitter to express their shock, including Tigers academy coach Brett Deacon.

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Bloody hell this is nuts! Get well soon lads! http://t.co/PaTazOCfU8 3 French rugby players attacked with machetes and swords

Three arrested after student dies in Rugby

Three men have been arrested after a student was found dead in Rugby in Warwickshire.

The body of James Steen from Newcastle-upon-Tyne was discovered at a home in Wood Street shortly after 6am on Saturday (5 July).

The 23-year-old was a student at Newcastle University.

Three men from the local area, aged 31, 29 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

All three have been bailed until September.

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