Murder inquiry launched after Suffolk shootings

Police have begun a murder inquiry after two men were shot at a travellers' site in Suffolk.

Armed police were sent to investigate reports of gunfire at Willow Park, Beck Row, near Mildenhall about 2215 GMT on Tuesday.

They found one man dead inside a burning car and another nearby on the ground.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the double killing was a "dreadful crime".

Homes were evacuated over fears the blaze, which spread to a caravan and trailer, could ignite gas canisters.

Police have placed a cordon at the site and a murder inquiry is now under way involving detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team.

Extra patrols

David Cameron was asked about the killings at Prime Minister's Question Time by Matthew Hancock, Conservative MP for West Suffolk.

He said: "This was the most serious in a series of incidents in the area.

"Will you reassure me and the residents of west Suffolk that these crimes will be fully investigated, their perpetrators face justice and that everywhere in this country must be subject to the rule of law?"

Mr Cameron told him: "I can certainly give you that assurance. This is a very disturbing case and I am sure honourable members will have heard about it on the news this morning.

"I think the police will want to do everything they can to get to the bottom of this dreadful crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice."

'Ongoing dispute'

Ch Supt Stewart Gull said extra patrols were being carried out by uniformed officers and armed response vehicles around Beck Row.

"Clearly, the investigation is at an early stage - but we believe the deaths are connected to an ongoing dispute," he said.

"I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident - or saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of Willow Park - to contact us immediately."

A woman who lives nearby but who asked not to be named told the BBC: "I heard some gunfire, because we are in a military area I just wondered why it was going on so late at night.

"I looked out of the window and saw a blaze of fire, and heard shouting."

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