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World shooting champion attacked by masked raiders

A world shooting champion says he's been left "mentally scarred forever", after masked raiders broke into his home, beat him with a hammer, and stole trophies and guns. George Digweed and his wife were tied up by the robbers at their home in the quiet village of Northiam on the Kent Sussex border. The men ransacked the house, and then made off with the family car. Andrea Thomas reports.

Appeal for woman motorist who may hold clues to Abingdon shooting

A woman motorist may hold vital clues in the shooting of Abingdon woman Kerry Reeves.

The 26-year-old was shot in the head outside a block of flats a week ago, as she sat at a table in a friend's garden. She was on life support in hospital before the machine was eventually switched off.

Police initially arrested a 20-year-old man in Ealing, West London, on suspicion of attempted murder. Another suspect, also aged 20 years and from Corby, Northants, was arrested yesterday.

Kerry Reeves who was shot in Abingdon Credit: ITV Meridian

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said they were keen to trace a woman spotted sitting in a vehicle around the time of the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lynch of the Major Crime Unit, urged the woman to contact the force immediately.

He added: "We have information to suggest that a woman was sitting in a white vehicle outside Thornhill Walk off Northcourt Road at around the time of the shooting last Tuesday.

"The woman in the vehicle may not have seen or heard anything suspicious, but we would still like to speak to her as a potential witness in this murder investigation.

"I would appeal directly to this woman or anyone who knows her to contact police immediately."

Kerry, who was living with her mother in Saxon Way, Abingdon, at the time of the shooting, lost her struggle for life at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

A post mortem examination carried out on Monday found she had been killed by a gunshot wound to the head.


26-year-old woman fighting for her life after being shot

A 26-year-old woman remains in a critical condition in hospital tonight after being shot in the head outside flats in Oxfordshire.

Emergency services were called to Thornhill Walk in Abingdon on Tuesday evening. Police are hunting for two suspects who they say are known to the victim and it wasn't a random shooting.

Kate Bunkall reports from the scene:

Man charged with attempted murder after shooting

Thames Valley Police has charged a man with attempted murder in Bracknell.

Scott Kennedy, aged 28, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, Surrey was charged this morning with one count of attempted murder.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.

The charge is in connection with a shooting in Swancote Green, Easthampstead, on Sunday.

A second man, aged 63, who was also arrested in connection with this incident has been bailed until 26 June.

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.


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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