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Police probe as shots fired from car outside Wolverhampton pub

By Liam Keen | Whitmore Reans | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Police searched gardens, drains and streets after the suspected gun attack.

Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton

An investigation is under way after shots were fired from a vehicle on a Wolverhampton estate.

Armed police descended on Riches Street in Whitmore Reans at around 6.30pm yesterday.

Officers were called after reports of gunshots were heard near The Newhampton Inn, which was damaged but not believed to be linked to the incident.

A cordon was set up on the street at Sweetman Street and Newbridge Street for several hours into the evening, although all roads were open as normal on Wednesday morning.

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Detectives and police officers were investigating at the scene, where witnesses reported hearing three shots.

No arrests have been made, police confirmed.

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Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton

There have also been no reports of any injuries.

Residents in the area reported seeing a number of youths running away in what they believed to be a gang-related incident.

Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton

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A resident who wished to stay anonymous said: "I live here and I was leaving for the gym at around 6pm when I saw around five boys, aged 18 or so, running away down Sweetman Road, and I heard some gunshots.

"It didn't sound like a big gun.

"I have five kids, so to have this here is very scary.

Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton

"I've complained to the police and council in the past about violence and drug dealing around here"

Another resident, who also wished to stay anonymous, added: "I heard it was three shots fired with gangs in the area and it had nothing to do with the pub.

"It's a disgrace."

Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton
Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton
Police search the area after reports of gunshots being fired in Wolverhampton

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "Officers are investigating after being called to Riches Street in the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton just after 6.30pm this evening, to reports of gunshots being fired from a vehicle.

"Damage has been caused to a pub on the road but fortunately there are no reported injuries and anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call 101 anytime, quoting log number 2040 of August 6.

"Crimestoppers can be called anonymously 0800 555 111."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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