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Murder investigation after death of pensioner shot with crossbow

Credit: Family photo

A murder investigation has been launched after the pensioner shot with a crossbow died on Saturday morning.

74-year-old Gerald Corrigan was fixing his satellite dish outside his Holyhead home when he was shot with a crossbow in Anglesey in April.

The bolt travelled through a significant part of his upper body, narrowly missing his heart and then through his right arm.

Mr Corrigan suffered "horrific injuries" and remained unconscious in hospital until Saturday morning when police confirmed he had died.

North Wales Police describe the investigation as "the biggest murder investigation on Anglesey since 2001". Detective Chief Inspector Brian Kearney said Gerald Corrigan's death was "devastating".

First I would like to express my sincere condolences to Marie, Gerald Corrigan’s partner, Neale and Fiona his two children and the wider Corrigan family. This is truly devastating news.

Sadly, early yesterday morning, Saturday 11th May, Gerald succumbed to his injuries and died with his family by his side.

North Wales Police have now launched a murder investigation. However we continue to keep an open mind in relation to the sequence of events that led to Gerald’s death.

– DCI Brian Kearney

Mr Corrigan worked as a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire before retiring to Anglesey more than 20 years ago.

Police are also appealing for businesses selling crossbows, bolts and accessories to get in touch to help the investigation as they continue to search for the person responsible.