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Clifton shooting: Three attempted murder arrests after 65-year-old woman blasted with shotgun

Police investigating the shooting of a pensioner in Salford have arrested three men on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detectives say the 65-year-old woman was shot in the leg with a shotgun at 5pm Friday evening, 2 September.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and a scream before a motorbike sped away from the scene.

Armed police were scrambled to Billy Lane and Rake Lane in Clifton.

The woman suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and was raced to hospital for treatment.

She is in a stable condition but is still recovering in hospital, say police.

The circumstances around the shooting are currently unclear.

Police say they have a number of detectives working on the case and officers have stepped up local patrols to reassure the public in Clifton.

On Tuesday 6 September officers executed warrants at properties in the Salford area and a 23-year old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

He has now been bailed.

Another 23-year-old-man and an 18-year-old man have also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Ben Cottam of GMP’s Salford borough said: “We understand that an incident like this will cause concern in the local area.

“But we have increased patrols to reassure the community and a significant team of officers are working on the investigation.

“Our investigation has made good progress, and will continue to be a priority. We are doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“We have arrested three people in connection with this incident so far but our investigation continues.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who has information that can help our investigation to contact the police.”

Speaking after the shooting, local MP Rebecca Long-Bailey said she was “outraged and disturbed” that a 65-year-old had been shot and called for more investment for the force.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5345 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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