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Cat has leg amputated after being shot

Cat has leg amputated after being shot Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in Churt, Farnham, Surrey, causing so much damage that his leg had to be amputated. Frank, a one year-old male black and white cat, was discovered in a lethargic state at his home in Parkhurst Fields on the afternoon of Monday 20 October. He was limping and unable to put any weight on his back leg. After being taken to a vet, they discovered an air rifle pellet in his femur which had completely shattered the bone. It was recommended thatthe kindest thing to do was remove the leg altogether, as so much damage hadbeen done.

Jury continues deliberations in murder trial

A jury is continuing its deliberations in the trial of an elderly dog breeder charged with murdering his partner and her daughter in Surrey.

John Lowe, 82, is accused of deliberately shooting 66-year-old Christine Lee and her daughter Lucy Lee, 40, with a legally-held shotgun he normally used for killing rats at his property near Farnham in February.

Farmer Lowe told the jury that Christine was shot accidentally in a struggle over the double-barrelled weapon when she tried to stop him going to put down some dogs, and that Lucy was accidentally shot twice a short time afterwards.

Lowe denies two counts of murder and one of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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Jury retires to consider verdict in double murder trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a dog breeder charged with shooting dead his partner and her daughter.

82-year-old John Lowe denies murdering Charlotte, who was 66, and 40-year-old Lucy Lee at his puppy farm at Tilford near Farnham.

Richard Slee sends this report from Guildford Crown Court.

Man arrested following shooting in Barnham

A 33-year-old man was arrested in Barnham at 9.35am this morning following a shooting in Gospond Road, Barnham.

A man in his 50s suffered a minor injury to his chin after being shot at about 7.30am. He was taken to St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, for treatment.

The officers located the suspect in Appletree Drive and he was detained on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. A weapon was recovered and he is currently in custody.

Police are not looking for anyone else. The victim and suspect are known to each other.

"I want to thank the public for their patience while we investigated this incident. Officers will remain in the area for some time and anyone wishing to talk to them about the incident should do so."

– Inspector Neal Harvey

Pensioner on trial over double murder in Surrey

An elderly dog-breeder from Surrey shot his partner and her daughter in a "dreadful display of violence" after he claimed they had been tormenting him, a court heard.

John Lowe loaded his shotgun to put down four dogs at his farm near Farnham, but instead turned the weapon on 66-year-old Christine Lee before shooting her daughter, Lucy Lee, twice, after she had been "running for her life" from him before returning to confront him, jurors were told.

The 82-year-old denies at Guildford Crown Court two charges of murder on February 23 this year and a third charge of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Mark Dennis QC told the jury that a "desperate" 999 call was made by Lucy, 40, saying that Lowe had killed her mother and she believed she was about to be killed as well.

Mr Dennis said: "The female caller was in a frightened and frantic state, saying that a man called John Lowe had just shot her mother and that she was herself running for her life.

"Moments later, showing extraordinary courage, the caller indicated that she had made the decision to go back to the scene of the incident, saying as she ran: 'I'm gonna go back for him but I'll die', followed by 'I'm nearly outside the house and I fear he's going to shoot me'.

"Her last words to the operator were: 'I don't know if I'm going to be alive if I go back in there. He shot my mum. Bye'.

"Those were indeed her last words to anyone save possibly to John Lowe who moments later was to kill her with two shots from a shotgun."

Mr Dennis continued: "When the police arrived at the address they were met with a scene of carnage. A guard dog was lying dead on the ground at the front of the house.

"The caller, Lucy Lee, was lying dead or dying on some garden steps at the rear of the house, her mother, Christine Lee, was lying dead or dying in the living room inside the house and three further dogs were found lying dead in out-buildings near to the house.

"All these victims of violence had been killed by shots from the same shotgun."

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Young men charged in connection with Aylesbury shooting

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a man in Aylesbury.

Nicholas Talburt, 22, from Fellows Park Gardens, Walsall, was charged with attempted murder, possession of firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and conspiracy to supply a class A drug

Marcus Macintosh, 20, of Waterside St, West Bromwich, was charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to supply a class A drug.

The men have been charged in connection with an incident on 16 March when a 43-year-old man was shot in Hilton Avenue, Aylesbury.

They both appeared at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court this morning and have been remanded in custody until Monday, when they are due to appear at Reading Crown Court.

Crawley shooting: 2 arrests

Two people have been arrested after a man was shot outside a block of flats in a targeted attack in Crawley. The victim will need surgery for a hand injury believed to have been caused by a shotgun in Commonwealth Drive last night.

Two people living in one of the flats, a man aged 38 and a woman of 26, were held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but later freed without any further action.

Police are trying to trace other people in the area when the man was shot.

Officers appeared for information about a car, described as an old-style silver or gold-coloured Suzuki Swift, or similar type, which drove away from the scene immediately afterwards.

Reports that a man was shot outside flats

Police are investigating a report that a man was shot whilst he was outside a block of flats in Commonwealth Drive in Crawley last night.

A man was traced to a hospital where he was treated for a firearms injury to his hand, believed to have been caused by a shotgun.

Police investigate a suspected shooting in Commonwealth Drive Credit: ITV Meridian

The occupants of a flat in Commonwealth Drive, a 38-year old local man and a 26-year old local woman, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but have since been released without any further action.

Police investigate a suspected shooting in Commonwealth Drive Credit: ITV Meridian

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said; "This is a serious but isolated incident for the area. It's already clear this was not a random attack. Local people are being reassured that there is no current risk to their safety."

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