Two more arrests made by police investigating attempted murder in Horden as man remains in serious condition after shooting

Five people have now been arrested in connection with a shooting which is being investigated as a suspected attempted murder.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 5:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 6:09 pm

Durham Constabulary is leading the inquiry into the shooting in Moutter Close, Horden, in the early hours of Sunday, December 8, and has today confirmed it has made two further arrests in connection with the Horden attack, which has left a man seriously hurt.

Earlier today, a man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the incident, which happened at about 1.45am.

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Police officers carry out a search the street in Moutter Close, Horden.

A woman has also been detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A cordon was also set up in the street, off Bruce Kirkup Road.

Horden Household Waste Recycling Centre, off the B1283 Sunderland Road, has also been closed to the public while inquiries continue, with the community urged by detectives to come forward with any information which could help.

Police sealed off the street as inquiries got underway in the aftermath of the shooting in the early hours of Sunday, December 8.

A spokesperson for the force said: “The victim, a 40-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.

“Within hours of the shooting, detectives arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and two women on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

“All three have been released under investigation.”

In the aftermath of Sunday's incident, a North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said its crews took a man to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough due to injury suffered in a shooting.

Durham Constabulary has urged members of the community to get in touch if they have information which could help inquiries.

Residents reported hearing a helicopter in the area as police, including armed officers, arrived in the street and inquiries got underway.

Witnesses to the incident or anyone with any information should call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident reference 51 of December 8.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.