Man arrested after Hove shooting

Xhem Krasniqi Credit: PA

A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder by police investigating the fatal shooting of an Albanian man in a suspected feud between two families.

The 34-year-old suspect from Brighton was held at Gatwick Airport yesterday evening in connection with the death of Xhem Krasniqi.

Father of two Mr Krasniqi, 31, was struck once in the abdomen after a gunman opened fire in Church Road, Hove, at about 11.30pm on May 18.

The scaffolder, who lived in Kent with his family, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton but died just after 1am the following morning.

Shots were also fired at Mr Krasniqi's brother and nephew, leading detectives to treat the case as a murder and two attempted murders.

Police last week named Edmund Nela, 30, and his brother, 34-year-old Albert, as being wanted for questioning over the killing, and issued an all-ports alert.

Then on Saturday, the Brighton Argus reported that Albert Nela had telephoned the newspaper from Italy to say he was "shocked" to learn he was being linked to the shooting and had plans to return to the UK.

A Sussex Police spokesman said today: "A 34-year-old man from Brighton has been arrested for conspiracy to murder following the fatal shooting of Xhem Krasniqi in Hove on Saturday 18 May.

"The man was arrested as he flew back into Gatwick Airport at 5.10pm on Sunday 26 May. He remains in custody for questioning."