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Luton Marsh Farm shooting: Attempted murder arrest

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Media captionPolice carrying sub-machine guns are patrolling two estates in Luton

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, following the shooting of a teenager in Luton, police say.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the back shortly before 04:00 BST on Saturday in Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm.

The man was apprehended on Wednesday by armed officers patrolling Marsh Farm in response to the increased firearms threat, and later released on bail.

The shooting was the ninth in the town this year.

Police said the victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital but is sitting up and talking with detectives, family and friends.

His injuries are still under review but are described as "life changing" and police have said he may not walk again.

'Increase in violence'

A spokesman from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said the arrest was "significant progress" and appealed for the support of the community.

Det Ch Insp Dave Quarmby, who is co-ordinating all the firearms investigations, said: "We still need the people involved to put pen to paper in order that we can detect and bring to an end this increase in violence that the town is currently experiencing.

"By co-ordinating all the firearm related investigations in this way we continue to build better intelligence and information about who is carrying guns."

The force is offering a £1,000 reward for anyone giving information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in gun crime.

It said it had measures in place to assist those in coming forward if they feel "scared or vulnerable".

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