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Police appeal for witnesses after man is shot outside Hattersley pub
Sunday 18th November 2018 @ 14:03 by Nigel Skinner
Hyde News Tameside

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in the stomach outside a pub in Hattersley last night.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 8.20pm after reports that a man had been shot near to the Harehill Tavern on Hattersley Road West.

Officers responded but the victim, a 35-year-old man, had already left the scene to seek medical treatment. A short time later, he arrived at hospital himself.

He had suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, but it is understood his injuries are not life threatening.

Further enquiries have established that two men had been seen travelling in a Renault Clio and brandished a gun before making threats to people who were standing outside the pub.

A short time later the victim was shot.

An area around the pub was taped off by police as they carried out investigations.

Today, that area was lifted but an area around a house opposite on Hattersley Road West, remained taped off by police and officers were conducting house to house inquiries this afternoon.

Detective Inspector Zoe Stapleton, of GMP’s Tameside Borough, said: “We know incidents such as this will understandably cause concern but I want to reassure the public that we have launched a full investigation into what happened last night.

“We have been following numerous lines of enquiry since it was first reported and we are now in a much stronger position in terms of what we know about the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

“However, we still need the public’s help to gather more information and find those responsible for such a callous incident.

“There were a number of witnesses to what happened and we are keen to speak to any of these people so that they can help further our investigation.

“At this stage we believe this to have been a targeted attack with no further threat to any members of the public, but we have increased patrols in the area to provide local reassurance so residents may notice more of a visible police presence.

“If you have concerns or information regarding what happened last night then I would encourage you to approach one of these officers and speak with them directly.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 9353 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.