Axminster ‘attempted murder’: Man released on bail

Police have issued an update in relation to an ongoing investigation into an incident involving an alleged firearm in Axminster late on Friday night.

Following earlier reports, police now say: “As a result of extensive investigations, a 34-year-old male suspect was arrested by armed officers at an address in Dorset in the early hours of Sunday 25 August on suspicion of attempted murder. He has since been released on police bail until 20 September.”

Superintendent Matt Lawler, the Local Policing Commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon, reiterated: “I would like to emphasise that no-one has been injured as a result of what is an isolated incident. We have been supporting the residents of the particular property who have been relocated since Friday evening, and there is no indication of a wider risk to the public.

“This remains a very complex and ongoing investigation, which is being led by local CID, with the support of the Force’s Major Crime Investigation Team.

“In the area of Lynch Close and the allotments local, residents will continue to see police activity during the rest of today and through the bank holiday weekend.

“That will include both physical searches, house to house enquires, and detailed forensic examinations, including by a ballistic expert who has been requested to attend.”

Police want to hear from witnesses who were in the area of Lynch Close, Axminster, between 7pm and 10:30pm on Friday, August 23.

If you can help, contact quoting crime reference CR/076528/19. You can also share information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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