Police are appealing for witnesses after a 43-year-old man was injured as he tried to prevent thieves from stealing his van near his home in Rye.
The victim was told men were trying to break into his Toyota Hilux van in Rye Harbour Road just before midnight on Saturday, 11th August.
He went out to investigate and was confronted by men, who drove at him with their dark coloured car. He jumped out of the way and was shot at with an air rifle suffering injuries to his face. The callous thieves then towed away his van, which has an Environment Agency sign on it, and made off.
This was a violent attack and we are doing all we can to trace these men. The van was found just over an hour later in Charing, Kent, and it is being forensically examined. The victim is being treated for pellet wounds to his face and we will be talking to him to get as much information as possible. Extensive enquiries are being made and I would urge anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
A sixty two year old is to appear before magistrates in Salisbury later, charged with the attempted murder of a man at a solicitor's office. James Ward is fighting for his life after being shot in the head at Morris, Goddard and Ward in Devizes on Monday.
Michael Raymond Chudley is also charged with threats to kill, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and carrying a firearm with criminal intent.
A 62-year-old man is being questioned about a shooting at a solicitors in Wiltshire. A man was shot in the head at the offices of Morris, Goddard and Ward in Devizes yesterday. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The local community is understandably shocked by the events and we appreciate their co-operation. A weapon we believe to have been used in the incident has been recovered. The male victim sustained life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. His family are with him at the hospital.
– Wiltshire Police spokesperson
The man arrested is being held at Melksham Police Station. A number of roads around the Market Place in Devizes were cordoned off by police, who said they would remain closed while its major crime investigation team examined the scene.
Doctors fear a man who was shot in the head and arms in Buckinghamshire may never recover from his injuries. The 33 year old is still in a critical condition after the incident in Stour Close in Aylesbury five weeks ago.