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Air weapons seized as police probe Sunderland teen shooting

Police vehicles on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland, following Wednesday's shooting Image copyright PA
Image caption Two people have so far been charged in connection with Wednesday's attack

Police probing the shooting of a 15-year-old boy say they have seized high-powered air weapons and ammunition.

The teenager, who was riding on the back of a motorcycle, was left with a serious head wound following the attack on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland, on Wednesday evening.

Officers said the items were found during a house search on Friday and added a 24-year-man arrested as part of their inquiries has been bailed.

Two people have so far been charged.

Steven Thompson, 39, of Hewitt Avenue, is accused of attempted murder, two firearms offences and perverting the course of justice. He will appear at Newcastle Crown Court next month.

A 16-year-old boy from Sunderland, who cannot be identified because of his age, has been charged with possessing a firearm and perverting the course of justice.

The victim was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was in a critical condition.

The driver of the motorbike was not injured.

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