Man charged with mur­der af­ter dad’s death from gun­shot

Accrington Observer - - SHOOTING TRAGEDY - CHAR­LOTTE GREEN JON MACPHER­SON ac­cringtonob­server@men­media.co.uk @Ac­cring­tonNews

AMAN has been charged with mur­der af­ter a dad-oftwo died from a gun­shot wound in a tragedy which has rocked a tight-knit com­mu­nity.

Po­lice were called at around 8.25pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25 to Barnard Close in Oswaldtwistle.

Lee Holt, from Ac­cring­ton, had suf­fered a sin­gle shot wound to his chest. The 32-year-old was taken to Royal Black­burn Hospi­tal where he sadly died a short time later.

The com­mu­nity has spo­ken of its shock and sad­ness fol­low­ing Mr Holt’s death, while his dev­as­tated fam­ily has paid tribute to a ‘bril­liant and loving’ dad.

In a state­ment, his fam- ily said: “He has left the love of his life Kate in the most trau­matic way imag­in­able. We hope to draw from the courage and strength he showed in his life to get through this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time.”

Mr Holt’s friend and neigh­bour Joseph O’Neill, of Cedar Street, Ac­cring­ton, said: “I’ve never met a bet­ter lad in my life than Lee. He didn’t de­serve what hap­pened to him.

“It should never have hap­pened and it’s a tragedy for all the fam­ily.

“I’ve known Lee for six years and he al­ways used to come up and visit his mum and dad. They’ve lived here for over 20 years. They are such a lovely fam­ily.”

Res­i­dents were left in a state of shock fol­low­ing the tragic in­ci­dent, with two blue po­lice tents cov­er­ing the front of the house, and the road blocked by po­lice tape with of­fi­cers stand­ing guard.

A Barnard Close res­i­dent said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it when I found out what hap­pened. We are re­ally shocked.

“It’s a quiet fam­ily area round here with a school nearby and you don’t ex­pect some­thing like this to hap­pen.”

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers gave re­as­sur­ances that it was be­ing treated as an iso­lated in­ci­dent say there is no sug­ges­tion it is linked with two other firearms in­ci­dents in Ac­cring­ton ear­lier in the year.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence LC-20171025-1407, or anony­mously through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.

MATTHEW Mose­ley, 49, of Barnard Close, Oswaldtwistle ap­peared at Black­burn Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 31 charged with mur­der. No plea was en­tered and he was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear at Pre­ston Crown Court on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2.

A 14-year-old boy from Oswaldtwistle was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der and has been bailed to Novem­ber 22 by po­lice.

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Lee Holt

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