Preston foot shooting attempted murder arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 29-year-old man was shot in the foot in Preston.

The victim was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital to undergo surgery after the shooting on Skeffington Road at about 01:00 BST.

Police believe the shooting is linked to the discovery of a handgun, understood to have been discarded by a four men seen nearby on bicycles.

A 25-year-old man is being held in custody for questioning.

'Extremely rare'

Police said detectives were carrying out house-to-house inquiries and CCTV footage was being examined.

Ch Insp Steve Sansbury, from Preston police, said: "The discharge of a firearm in Preston is extremely rare and this is the first incident we have had for over two years.

"I would reassure the public of Preston that patrols will be stepped up in the area and a team of highly trained officers are dealing with this incident.

"Should anyone have any information that could assist the investigation then I would urge them to call the police."

Det Sup Neil Esseen said intiial inquiries made them believe the people involved in the incident were known to each other.

He added: "We have a large team of officers and staff working on this inquiry and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice."

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