Man, 46, held after A12 police chase follows Leiston ‘shotgun’ incident

Leiston - police are investigating after allegations that a gun was fired at a house Picture: MIKE P

Leiston - police are investigating after allegations that a gun was fired at a house Picture: MIKE PAGE - Credit: Archant

A man has been arrested following an alleged firearms incident which sparked a 10-mile police chase along the A12.

Investigations are continuing in Leiston Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Investigations are continuing in Leiston Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Suffolk police arrested one male man following an incident in Leiston on Wednesday night.

Officers were called at 11.45pm on May 30 to reports that gunshots had been heard in Old Foundry Place, off Cross Street.

Four people are alleged to have approached a house and discharged a firearm towards the front door of the property.

A police spokesman said nobody was harmed as a result of the incident.

Old Foundry Place, Leiston. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

Old Foundry Place, Leiston. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Google Maps


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The four people are then said to have left the scene in a silver Volvo C70 car – travelling in the direction of the A12.

Officers followed and then pursued the vehicle from the A12 near Bredfield.

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The car stopped in the Ravenswood Avenue area of Ipswich and two occupants fled the scene.

A 46-year-old man from Leiston was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, failing to stop for police and drug-driving.

He was taken to Martlesham police investigation centre, where he is due to be questioned by detectives.

A shotgun, believed to have been thrown from the vehicle during the police pursuit, has been recovered by officers.

A police spokesman added: “There is currently a scene in place at the address in Leiston, while an investigation into the full circumstances of what has taken place continues.”

Leiston Town Council chairman Lesley Hill said she had been alerted to the incident by a PCSO.

She said: “You do read about these things in the national press but it’s a shocking to think it would happen in Leiston. However, as far as I aware, it was an individual case that had been dealt with and no one has been hurt.”

Councillor Colin Ginger added: “It’s quite frightening that something like this could happen in a such a small town as Leiston.

“I’ve lived here all my life and in all my years I’ve never heard of anything like this before and that’s really worrying.”

Witnesses, or anyone with any information, should call police on 101, quoting reference 29658/17.

Alternatively, contact the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or through the anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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