Crookhorn shooting: two bailed as police probe 'drugs' link

Police at Athena Avenue, Crookhorn
Police at Athena Avenue, Crookhorn
Police outside Wilmcote House, Portsmouth

Residents had to be signed in to Portsmouth flat block after police incident

TWO people have been bailed after a 34-year-old man was shot in the head.

Now police are asking for witnesses to anything suspicious linked to drug supply in the area to come forward.

Jamie Sibley suffered life-changing injuries in the incident in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn, just before 1am yesterday.

As reported, armed police arrested a 37-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder in High Lawn Way, Leigh Park, at around 2.25am.

Both have been bailed until April 28.

A third person, a 31-year-old woman, from Waterlooville, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. She is in custody.

Detective Inspector Gareth Jones said: 'I’d like to thank those people who have already come forward with information to assist our investigation, however we still need anyone who saw anything suspicious which may relate to the supply of drugs in the area to contact us.

'Did you hear a gunshot on Athena Avenue shortly before 1am on Monday morning?

'Did you see what happened? We have already reviewed CCTV in the area, but does your vehicle have a dashcam?

'Did it record anything that may be relevant, like anyone leaving Athena Avenue in the early hours of Monday morning?

“Enquiries have been ongoing today in a number of locations including Athena Avenue and High Lawn Way, but this activity is expected to be completed this evening.'

Inspector David Humphries from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team added: 'Understandably this incident has caused concern for local residents and the College nearby, because this type of violence is extremely rare.

'We’ve been carrying out house to house enquiries on Athena Avenue, Trojan Way, Apollo Drive, and Zeus Lane to provide re-assurance to people living in around 300 homes and to progress our investigation.

'Crookhorn remains a safe place in which to live and any issues identified by our investigation will be addressed by the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

'In the meantime we have increased patrols and anyone who needs advice or who has any concerns can approach any of our officers who are on patrol.'

Call Detective Inspector Gareth Jones at Fratton police station on 101 quoting 44170055790 quoting Operation Endorse.