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Cambridge shooting conspiracy
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of Cambridge shooting conspiracy to murder after two men were shot dead in two “linked” incidents in separate villages around six miles apart in Cambridgeshire.
After receiving a complaint about gunshots on Wednesday evening, Cambridgeshire Police arrived and discovered the death of a 32-year-old man inside a home in Meridian Close, Bluntisham.
When police were alerted to more gunshot reports at 21:37 nearby Sutton, they discovered a 57-year-old man dead inside a home on The Row in Sutton. Early on Thursday, a 66-year-old male was taken into custody in the Worcester region, while a 27-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested in Cambridge.
All three were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Witnesses claim to have heard a helicopter circle in Bluntisham.
A woman who lives close to a new build cul-de-sac estate sealed off by murder detectives in Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire said about Cambridge shooting conspiracy that “she could hear a helicopter circling on Wednesday evening”.
The woman, speaking anonymously, said: “There was helicopter noise, that was late, around 10 pm or 11 pm, somewhere around that.
“I was in bed reading my book. It kept circling, it was for at least half an hour before it went.
“Considering how quiet the village is it’s really surprising to hear this has happened.”
A neighbor said the row of new houses which is behind police tape is modern, built around two years ago.
Retail worker Sharon Coulson, 58, who lives nearby described Bluntisham as a “nice place to live, nice country walks, friendly, everybody says hello”.
Police investigation continues at the scene
Three men have been arrested by Cambridgeshire Police. The deaths of two men are being treated as murder.
Dep Chief Superintendent Jon Hutchinson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that the victims were closely related. He added: “We do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public in Cambridgeshire. We have got full control.”
Police said they were not in a position to name either victim as formal identification had not been carried out. “There will be an increased police presence in the areas concerned today and officers and scenes-of-crime officers will be at the scenes throughout the day. Our thoughts also go out to the family and friends of the victims. Specially trained officers are in touch with them and they are helping our investigation.
Sutton victim ‘lived a quiet life
A 52-year-old man who lives just off The Row in Sutton, Cambridgeshire, said the victim “lived a quiet life”. The man, who did not want to give his name, said: “He kept himself to himself.
“Never really came across him as far as I know. “Just lived a quiet life, very unassuming. “Never really saw him about.”
A neighbor sees “three or four” police cars approaching Earith
A neighbor who works at a local shop said she saw “three or four police cars” going towards Earith, Cambridgeshire, on Wednesday night. Speaking outside her house just off The Row, in Sutton, she said: “Last night I took the dog out into the garden.
“We saw three or four police cars going towards Earith and thought nothing of it really because we had had a couple of people ragging around the village. But other than that I didn’t really hear anything.”
The woman, who did not want to give her name, said she was “shocked” when she saw the news on Facebook on Thursday morning. “Especially that it is just on the corner of where I live,” she added. She said she did not know the victim.
Witnesses describe police cars ‘racing down’ street
Gordon Murray, who lives near two semi-detached houses that have been sealed off by murder detectives in Sutton, Cambridgeshire, said he saw police cars “racing down” and armed police shouting on Wednesday evening.
The 62-year-old support engineer said officers later asked him if he had CCTV footage, and when he looked back he saw a white car that made two passes, and on the second pass the car stopped and someone opened the boot.
“I saw the police cars racing down here,” he said. “There was a lot of shouting. “I thought it was an altercation or something. Then I saw the armed police.
“They were shouting something to the homeowners. That was it. “I stood in the window watching.”
Latest from the scene
Forensic officers in white suits worked at the scene on Thursday morning, with two bunches of flowers left on the drive and uniformed officers and a marked car beside blue-and-white police tape sealing off the homes.
All three were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. A car that was believed to have been used by the offender, a white Peugeot 208 and a shotgun have been recovered. The properties in Meridian Close and The Row have been cordoned off and police officers remain at the scenes.
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