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11 July 2013, 15:24 | Updated: 11 July 2013, 15:37
Detectives in Luton are appealing for information from the public after receiving reports of shots being fired at a recreation area in Marsh Farm.
The incident happened at approximately 5.30pm on Wednesday, July 10, in a park situated close to The Moakes and the Purley Centre.
No one was injured and the area is currently being examined by Scenes of Crime Officers.
An increased police presence is patrolling the area to speak with local residents and provide reassurance.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Quarmby, who is leading the force’s fight against gun crime, code named Operation Boson, is urging anyone with information about this incident to speak with officers.
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DCI Quarmby said: “A number of people have come forward and spoken with officers about what happened last night but this area was very busy and there are potentially other key witnesses who have yet to speak with the police. I would urge these people to come forward now and reassure them that whatever they say will be used in strict confidence.”
Bedfordshire Police has offered a £1000 reward to anyone who gives the police information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any offender who is involved in gun crime in Luton. This has been matched by Crimestoppers – the crime fighting charity – which has also put up a reward of £1000.
Measures are available to anyone who has information but is fearful of coming forward including confidential reporting and where necessary witness protection or anonymity.
Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact Operation Boson officers at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.