Crookhorn shooting: family's appeal for justice as victim undergoes 10-hour operation

THE victim of a shooting is undergoing a 10-hour major operation as his family speaks out a week after he was attacked at a block of flats.

Monday, 20th February 2017, 4:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 12:42 pm
Jamie Sibley, who was shot in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn on February 13, 2017

Jamie Sibley, 34, is today under the knife for reconstructive surgery after the shooting in Crookhorn last Monday in the early hours.

The firearm used in the shooting has not been found, The News can reveal.

Speaking to The News, Mr Sibley’s sister Mellissa Shaw, 29, said: ‘He’s undergoing reconstructive surgery today and that’s mainly all we can think about. He’s stable.

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Police in Athena Avenue

‘As a family we want to push anyone with information, even if they feel it’s irrelevant, to go to the police.

‘Just contact the police so we can get justice for Jamie.

‘The whole family are really frustrated. We’re upset because we’re having to deal with his upset and wellbeing.’

Surgeons are set to graft skin from his thigh on to his head in the major operation, Mellissa added.

Police in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn

‘That’s a 10-hour operation, it’s very, very hard and very upsetting for all of our family,’ she said.

And in an appeal to anyone who knows where the firearm is, she said: ‘Just come forward with information.

‘We have to get justice for him. If it was their family member they’d want the same thing too.’

As reported, Mr Sibley suffered serious injuries in the shooting at 12.50am on Monday, February 13, in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn.

Marilyn Trimmer, who heard a blast like a 'shotgun'

Armed police arrested a 37-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder at an address on High Lawn Way, Havant, at around 2.25am.

Both have been bailed until April 28.

A 31-year-old woman, from Waterlooville, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and bailed to April 28.

Marilyn Trimmer, 65, was at home in Athena Avenue when she heard a loud bang at the time of the shooting.

Police in Athena Avenue

‘I heard a complete bang, really loud,’ Marilyn said.

‘It sounded like a shotgun going off.’

Police have said the incident was ‘rare’ and that the area is a safe place to live.

Officers are also asking for witnesses to any drug-dealing to come forward.

Senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp David Brown said: ‘We are still trying to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened to ensure that we identify everyone who was involved.’

He asked anyone with dashcam footage or CCTV to come forward. Call 101 quoting Operation Endorse.

Police in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn
Marilyn Trimmer, who heard a blast like a 'shotgun'