Tyne & Wear

Sunderland pair charged after boy shot on motorbike

Police in Sunderland Image copyright PA
Image caption The shooting happened on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland on Wednesday evening

A man and a teenager have been charged over the shooting of a 15-year-old boy riding on the back of a motorcycle.

He was left with a "serious head wound" in the attack on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland on Wednesday evening.

Steven Thompson, 39, from the same street, has been charged with attempted murder, two firearms offences and perverting the course of justice.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with possessing a firearm and perverting the course of justice.

He lives in the Sunderland area but cannot be identified because of his age.

Mr Thompson was remanded in custody by South Tyneside magistrates and is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court in November.

The teenager is due before magistrates later.

Image caption Forensic investigators have been conducting searches at the scene of the shooting

Northumbria Police said officers had not yet found a weapon.

The 15-year-old victim remains in a critical condition in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. The driver of the motorbike was not injured.

Residents said a small group of children played on motorbikes locally but were well-behaved and moved on if asked.

Brogan Connify, 21, said it had been a "massive shock".

After the shooting, at about 20:40 BST, police cordoned off Hewitt Avenue, a street of semi-detached homes, while forensic investigations took place.

Image caption Police cordoned off Hewitt Avenue in Sunderland

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