Police say Horden shooting was a "targeted attack" as attempted murder investigation continues

Durham Police have reassured the local community of Horden that the shooting was an isolated incident as five people have now been arrested in connection.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 4:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 5:54 pm

Durham Constabulary is leading the inquiry into the shooting on Moutter Close in Horden, which took place in the early hours of Sunday, December 8.

On Wednesday, December 11, police confirmed that they believe the attack, which has left a man seriously hurt, was an isolated incident.

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

Temporary Chief Inspector, Lee Blakelock, has reassured members of the public.

He said: “First is that incidents and violence of this type are very rare. We believe this to be a targeted attack and, at this moment, we don’t believe any other members of the public are at risk.

“Second is that, again, we will continue to do searches in and around the Horden area.

“Officers have several scenes contained and will be manned so please bear with us while we carry out the operation and we will hopefully return to normality in the very near future.”

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

It has also been confirmed that although the victim’s injures are serious, “they are not life-threatening.”

Five people have now been arrested throughout the investigation. Three of these people have been released under investigation while two of them remain in custody at this time – a man and a woman.

The local authority advised that bins are being collected as normal, and that anyone with a waste permit can use it at any of its other sites.

Officers are currently examining a number of locations across Peterlee and Horden as part of their investigation.

Witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have any information are asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting the incident reference 51 of December 8.

Alternatively, any information can be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.