‘Com­plex and fast mov­ing in­quiry’

Accrington Observer - - SHOOTING TRAGEDY -

PO­LICE launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the death of Lee Holt from a gun­shot wound.

DCI Jill John­ston, of Lan­cashire Po­lice’s Force Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, said it was “a com­plex and fast-mov­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

She said: “We have a ded­i­cated team of de­tec­tives, crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors and foren­sic sci­en­tists com­plet­ing enquiries to es­tab­lish the ex­act events of Wed­nes­day evening.

“Our thoughts and con­do­lences re­main with Lee’s fam­ily at this very dif­fi­cult time. We have spe­cially trained of­fi­cers sup­port­ing them. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and we are con­tin­u­ing with our enquiries.

“I would like to re­as­sure the com­mu­nity that this was an iso­lated in­ci­dent. We do not be­lieve there is a wider threat to lo­cal res­i­dents. I would like to stress that we do not be­lieve this is linked to two other firearms dis­charges in Ac­cring­ton in June.

“We need any­one who may have seen any­thing in the build up to this in­ci­dent to get in con­tact with us as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Sim­i­larly if you know any­thing that you think could help, please come for­ward.”

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Jill John­ston

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