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Shooting helps the west's economy

The pheasant shooting season is starting in the west country. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation says the sport generates £280million a year for the South West economy.

It says wealthy guns come from all over the world, spending money in local hotels and shops, and providing vital jobs in rural areas.

spaniel retrieving pheasant Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucester police shooting

Two men were arrested after armed police fired shots at a car in Gloucester. Police were investigating a suspected robbery at a local business in the Painswick Road area of the city.

A Gloucestershire police spokesman said:

Armed officers were deployed and shots were fired at a car in Painswick Road, because of a perceived threat to public safety. Armed officers who were in attendance, discharged a firearm to disable a vehicle. No-one was harmed.

– Gloucestershire police spokesman

Two men were arrested. They are aged 28 and 33, and are from Gloucester.


Police statement following Jim Ward's death

Michael Chudley, 62, formerly of Rowde, has been charged with attempted murder. A police source said this charge will change to one of murder.

Our thoughts are with Jim's family and friends at this time. Jim was a popular and well-respected man. At the time of his death his family was with him. And they have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

– Ian Saunders, Det Chief Inspector, Wiltshire Police


Solicitor dies following shooting in Devizes

Jim Ward has died after being shot at his office earlier this month.

Devizes solicitor Jim Ward died in hospital this weekend after being shot at his office earlier this month.

He passed away early Sunday afternoon at Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol, where he had been airlifted following the attack on July 2nd.

Mr Ward, from Bratton near Westbury, suffered one shot-wound to his head. He was a well-known solicitor with the MGW Law practice - which he co-founded.

Michael Chudley, 62, formerly of Rowde, has been charged with attempted murder. A police source said this charge will change to one of murder.

Teenager arrested after girl is shot with an airgun

A teenage girl suffered serious injuries today after being shot with an airgun. The 15-year-old was shot in back and suffered a punctured lung in the incident in Matson in Gloucester. It happened shortly before 4pm.

The girl was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where her injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening. A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

I'd like to reassure the community in Matson that we will thoroughly investigate this incident and take whatever action is necessary.

We have deployed a number of officers into the area and our inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances which led to the victim sustaining her injuries. If anyone does have any information which they think may help our enquiries I'd ask them to contact us on 101 or, if they prefer, use Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Devizes shooting: man remanded in custody

62 year old Michael Chudley from Rowde but of no fixed addresss has been remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 24 September.

He has been charged with the attempted murder of Devizes solicitor James Ward.

The 58 year old father of three from Westbury was shot in the head as he worked at the firm of Morris, Goddard and Ward Solicitors.

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