07/08/2019

Two further arrests in connection with incident in Norton, Stockton

A further two arrests have been made in connection with an incident on Monday 5th August in which a firearm was discharged at the front door of a house in Norton, Stockton.

A 16-year-old boy and 20-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and remain in police custody.

The Temporary Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Lisa Orchard, has reassured communities that specialist teams are doing all they can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

T/ACC Orchard said: “Local people will have seen a great deal of police activity in the area including the searching of properties, and an increased presence from our armed response units. There is no specific threat to the public, and we believe that Monday’s incident was a targeted attack.

“We have highly-trained people working on this case, and this increased activity is a result of us relentlessly pursuing those believed to be part of wider organised crime groups. This is a fast-moving, fast-paced criminal investigation and I would like to thank the public for their cooperation as we work to keep Cleveland safe.”

Detectives will continue to be in Howard Place in Tilery, Stockton today, and there will be activity at other locations in the area as the investigation continues. Neighbourhood officers will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols.

A 19-year-old man arrested yesterday morning in connection with the incident has been released under investigation.

Police are still appealing for anyone with dashcam footage or private CCTV in the area of the incident to please contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting event number 133861.