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Benton shooting

Dated: 18 Dec 2012

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Police continue to appeal for information after a shooting in North Tyneside.

A 47-year-old man was shot around 5pm on Friday December 14 outside the Wheatsheaf Pub, near the junction of Great Lime Road and Benton Lane, Benton.

The injured man remains in hospital where his condition is not described as life threatening.

Officers are continuing to investigate the attack and are renewing their appeal for anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

DCI Nicola Musgrove from the force's Major Crime Team said: "Both Great Lime Road and Benton Lane were busy with traffic at the time of the shooting.

"There were people in the area and we need them to come forward with any information they might have about this attack.

"At this stage our enquiries indicate this was not a random incident and as such we do not believe there is a danger to the wider public.

"At this stage it appears the people involved are known to each other and it was an isolated incident. Additional patrols are taking place and anyone with any concerns should speak with their local officers."

A 42-year-old man and a 47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder have been bailed pending further enquiries.

A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder have also been bailed pending further enquiries as has a 25-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 47-year-old man arrested today, Tuesday December 18 on suspicion of attempted murder remains in police custody.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting or who has information about it is asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number. Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers may offer a reward for information which leads to an arrest and charge.

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