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Family pay tribute to 'brilliant and loving' dad shot dead in Oswaldtwistle

Lee Holt with his daughters Photo: Greater Manchester Police

The family of a man shot dead have paid tribute to a 'brilliant and loving' son, brother and dad.

Lee Holt, 32, from Accrington was killed by a single gun shot wound to the chest on Wednesday evening at an address in Barnard Close, Oswaldtwistle.

A 14-year-old boy and a 49-year-old man are currently being held in police custody on suspicion of murder.

He leaves behind a partner Kate and two daughters.

In a tribute released by his family they describe him as a courageous man who considered family 'his life'.

Lee was a brilliant, loving son to Marilyn and Kevin Holt. A loving brother to Laura Holt. He has two beautiful children, Alecia aged 12 and Keira-Leigh aged eight, who were his entire life. Family was his life.

"He has left the love of his life Kate in the most traumatic way imaginable. We hope to draw from the courage and strength he showed in his life to get through his extremely difficult time."

– Lee Holt's family

The family have released an image of Lee with his two daughters Alecia, 12, and Keira-Leigh, 8, who they say 'were his entire life'.

Lee Holt with his daughters Credit: Greater Manchester Police

DCI Jill Johnston from the Force Major Investigation Team said:

Our thoughts and condolences remain with Lee’s family at this very difficult time. We have specially trained officers supporting them.

“Our investigation is on-going and we are continuing with our enquiries.

“I would like to reassure the community that this was an isolated incident and the victim and offender are known to each other. We do not believe there is a wider threat to local residents.

“I would like to stress that we do not believe this is linked to two other firearms discharges in Accrington in June.

“We need anyone who may have seen anything in the build up to this incident to get in contact with us as soon as possible. Similarly if you know anything that you think could help, please come forward.”

– DCI Jill Johnson