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Shooters' Olympic training ground closes

Dorset shooter Peter Wilson, who won gold at London 2012, trained at Southern Counties Shooting Credit: PA

The shooting ground in Dorset used by Olympic gold medal winner Peter Wilson has closed. Southern Counties Shooting shut on Sunday.

The Centre in Dorchester was the official training ground for the Olympics 2012 shooting team.

It'll still be open for corporate and beginner clay shooting.

Sherborne shooter announces his retirement

Peter Wilson's ecstasy at winning gold at London 2012 Credit: PA

A west-based Olympic champion has announced his retirement.

Dorset's Peter Wilson, who won the Double Trap gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, said in a tweet today that he was quitting competitive shooting.

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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.

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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.

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