Three more arrests over car wash shooting

DETECTIVES investigating a gangland shooting at a Wigan car wash have made three more arrests.

Three men were held following raids on addresses in the Pendlebury area of Salford and in Wigan.

Exterior of Express Hot Car Wash, Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield - the scene of a shooting

Exterior of Express Hot Car Wash, Bolton Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield - the scene of a shooting

The three, aged 27, 35 and 65, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy of commit murder.

All three remain in police custody for questioning.

The police operation relates to four attacks, including a terrifying incident in which a shots were fired at a car wash in Bolton Road, Ashton, resulting in a man suffered gunshot wounds.

Three other incidents include shootings, a machete attack and hand grenade attack in Salford.

The incidents are believed to be linked to a feud between two rival factions of criminals in Salford, and a large policing and partnership operation is in place to tackle these offenders.

A further two people arrested as part of the investigation remain on police bail, making five arrests in total.

Det Chief Insp Paul Parker said: “We know these incidents caused a great deal of anxiety and alarm in the communities affected.

“Since that time, detectives from the Major Incident Team have been working very hard with residents in the communities themselves and neighbourhood officers to investigate these incidents and establish who is involved.

“As a result, we have carried out a proactive operation today and arrested three people.

“I hope this reassures people that we are actively targeting those we suspect are involved but we are still appealing for witnesses to the incidents or to anyone who may have information to assist the investigation.

“The Incident Team can be contacted on 0161 856 9283 or people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”