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Shotgun fired at house
Friday 9th September, 2011

A shotgun was fired at a house in Wigan.

It happened at about 00.30am on Thursday 8 September 2011 on Chapel Green Road, Hindley.

The occupant, 34, was inside at the time and heard a loud bang, and when he went to inspect at about 7.30am that day he found plastic from a shotgun cartridge embedded in the door of the lounge as the bullet had passed through the window.

The man was not injured.

Witnesses have reported to police they saw a motorbike leaving the area at about the time of the incident, travelling along Chapel Green Road towards George Street.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Keeley said: "The focus of our investigation is to establish why this house was targeted, and who was responsible.

"Although no-one was injured, everyone has seen and read what can happen when a shotgun is fired: the consequences could be fatal.

"Because our investigation is at an early stage, I do not want to be drawn into a possible motive. However, it is important that we reassure our communities who will understandably be concerned that this is being treated as an isolated incident and I do not want people to be unduly alarmed.

"A team of detectives will be working to try and identify the offenders and bring them to justice.

"I do also want people in our community to help us find the culprits. If you did see anything that night, or have overheard something about what happened, then please contact us. If you do not want to give your name you can speak to Crimestoppers, anonymously."

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Wigan on 0161 856 7254 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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