Hereford & Worcester

Whitbourne shooting: Two accused of firearms and drugs offences

Whitbourne shooting house
Image caption The man was found shot following a reported burglary at a house in Whitbourne

Two men have been charged with drugs and firearms offences by police investigating the shooting of a suspected burglar in Worcestershire.

A man was found with gunshot injuries in Leigh Sinton on Wednesday after a burglary had been reported 12 miles away in Whitbourne, Herefordshire.

Detectives said they had found evidence of a cannabis farm at the house.

A 62-year-old Worcestershire man and a 24-year-old from Birmingham are due before Hereford magistrates on Monday.

The older man is accused of producing a controlled class B drug (cannabis) and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

The other man has been charged with three counts of possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate, production of a class B controlled drug (cannabis), aggravated burglary of a dwelling with intent and possessing ammunition for a firearm when prohibited to do so for five years.

Both men have been remanded in custody.

A man in his 20s who was arrested in the West Midlands area on Thursday on suspicion of burglary remains in police custody.

A woman in her 50s, who was arrested on suspicion of cultivating controlled drugs, has been released on police bail.

The injured man is in a serious condition in hospital but has not been arrested, West Mercia Police said.

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