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Farmer arrested as man shot dead and another injured after ‘burglary’ | UK | News

Farmer arrested as man shot dead and another injured after ‘burglary’ | UK | News
Farmer arrested as man shot dead and another injured after ‘burglary’ | UK | News

A farmer has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after a man was shot dead and another seriously injured following a “burglary” in a quiet rural village.

Police were called following reports of a break-in at a remote farmhouse in Whaley Bridge in the Peak District, in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday.

A man was found with fatal injuries while another man was found seriously wounded on the road near to the property. Officers say both men sustained gun shot wounds.

A cordon around Eccles Road was put up by officers from Derbyshire Constabulary.

The injured man was taken to hospital where police say he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Another man was later arrested on suspicion of the same offence when police stopped a car on the A6 near to Chapel-en-le-frith, in Derbyshire.

Two cordons remain in place at two houses in Eccles Road and, police say, will remain in place for some time while investigations continue.

Eccles Road is currently closed from the junction with Milton Lane and is expected to remain closed for some time.

Local report the incident appears to be a “burglary gone wrong”.

Chief Superintendent Dave Kirby of Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “We appreciate the impact this incident is having on this small rural community and we’d like to thank local residents for their help with this investigation so far.

“We are aware there has been some speculation locally around this and while we are in the early stages of the investigation, we believe this is a targeted incident. At this stage we don’t believe there is any wider risk to the public.

“Residents in the area will see an increased police presence in the area for some time as investigations continue and we will provide further updates as soon as we are able.”

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