Wigan streets on lockdown: What we know so far about suspected shootings

Police sealed off several roads in Wigan this morning following reports of a "flurry of gunshots" in the early hours. Here's what we know so far:


At 12.21am, police were called to reports of a "firearms discharge" in Redland Court, a cul-de-sac off Bolton Road. A woman was shot twice in her back through her window.

Police at the scene in Redland Court

Police at the scene in Redland Court

Several residents reported hearing at least eight gunshots in Vicarage Road, Abram, shortly after midnight, before hearing a vehicle speeding away. Locals have reported seeing bullet holes sprayed across the front of one house.

A white Toyota was later found abandoned on the corner of Winstanley Road, off Lily Lane in Bryn Gates. It had ploughed into a fence and its occupants had fled the scene.

Forensics have been seen combing all three scenes for evidence.

The charred remains of another vehicle, a black BMW, were found on a dirt track off Bolton Road. Crime Scene Investigators were at this scene too, taking pictures and examining the burned out car.

The abandoned car in Winstanley Road

The abandoned car in Winstanley Road

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

An officer stands guard near Redland Court

An officer stands guard near Redland Court