Woman bailed in attempted murder investigation after Crookhorn shooting

Police officers at the scene of a shooting in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn on Monday Picture: Malcolm Wells (170213-2110)
Police officers at the scene of a shooting in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn on Monday Picture: Malcolm Wells (170213-2110)

A WOMAN who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder after a man was shot in the face has been bailed.

It comes as police say they are trying to work out exactly what happened when Jamie Sibley, 34, was attacked in a flat in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn, early on Monday morning.

Mr Sibley is still in hospital in a stable condition following the attempted murder.

Officers, including 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 on the same morning in relation to their investigation. Both were subsequently bailed until April 28 pending further enquiries.

A third person, a 31-year-old woman, from Waterlooville, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and has now been bailed to the same date.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective 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. We’re continuing to review CCTV which has already shown there were pedestrians in the area who may have seen what happened or events shortly afterwards.

‘Did you hear a gunshot on Athena Avenue shortly before 1am on Monday morning? Did you see what happened? Does your vehicle have a dashcam? Did it record anything that may be relevant, like for example anyone leaving Athena Avenue in the early hours of Monday morning?

‘I’d urge anyone who has not already contacted us and who saw anything suspicious or who was in the area at the relevant time to call 101.’

Inspector David Humphries from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team said: ‘This is a complex and serious investigation and residents will continue to see significant police activity in the area. Residents should not be alarmed by this and I would like to thank the many specialist officers from elsewhere in the force that have supported the local policing teams in carrying out enquiries and assisting my team’s engagement with the local community.

‘Understandably this incident has caused concern for local residents and the College nearby, because this type of violence is extremely rare.

‘While we can’t comment on the specifics of the investigation it has become clear as the week has progressed that there is not a risk posed to the wider community in Crookhorn in relation to what has happened.

‘We’re continuing to carry 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.

‘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.’

If you have any information that could assist this investigation contact Detective Chief Inspector Dave Brown at Fratton Police Station on 101 quoting 44170055790 – Operation Endorse, or click here.