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Man shot in Northampton playing field as football matches take place

Two football matches were taking place at the time. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been shot in broad daylight on a playing field in Northampton.

The incident happened when a fight broke out just before midday on Sunday at a playing field off Pennycress Place.

A 28-year-old man was seriously hurt and has been taken to hospital. His injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

Two games of football were going on at the time, but no one involved in the matches was injured.

Police want to hear from players and spectators. Credit: ITV News Anglia

However, police are keen to hear from any players or spectators who may have seen what happened.

“We’re taking this shocking incident very seriously and appreciate it will have been very concerning for those who saw what happened, as well as the local community," Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell, of Northampton CID, said.

“A full CID investigation has been launched to bring those responsible to account. An increased police presence will remain in the area, including increased patrols to offer reassurance and support to the community.”