Appeal after shots fired in Marsh Farm in Luton

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Detectives in Luton are appealing for information after receiving reports of shots being fired at a recreation area in Marsh Farm.

The shots were reported in the park close to The Moakes and the Purley Centre at about 17:30 BST on Wednesday.

No one was injured. The area was being examined by scene of crime officers.

Bedfordshire Police said officers were increasing patrols in the area and speaking with local residents and provide reassurance.

Det Ch Insp Dave Quarmby, who is leading the force's fight against gun crime, said: "A number of people have come forward and spoken with officers about what happened last night but this area was very busy and there are potentially other key witnesses who have yet to speak with the police.

"I would urge these people to come forward now and reassure them that whatever they say will be used in strict confidence."

The shots mark the eleventh shooting incident in Luton since the start of the year.

Map of 11 shootings in Luton
Key Date Location What happened?

1

30 January

Junction of Wellington Street and Russell Street

Woman, 36, sitting in a car with her partner, suffers shrapnel wounds to her hand after shots fired

2

3 February

Arrow Close, Marsh Farm

Man suffers leg injuries in a shooting. Three suspects spotted riding away on bikes

3

9 April

Brunel Road, Lewsey Farm

Paul Foster, 46, shot dead outside a house

4

16 April

Burnham Road, Stopsley

Shots fired at a house

5

24 April

St Michael's Crescent

Shots fired at a house

6

30 April

Tudor Road

Man, 33, shot in the leg by two men on a dark blue motorbike

7

5 May

Culverhouse Road

Motorcyclist fires two shots at a BMW

8

7 May

Kirby Drive

Shots fired during attempted robbery at Premier News

9

11 May

Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm

Boy, 16, shot in the back in "targeted" attack

10

20 May

Junction of Leicester Rd and Dunstable Rd, Luton

Man, 27, shot in the leg after a car crash

11

10 July

Park close to The Moakes and Purley Centre

Shots fired in a park, nobody injured

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