Urgent public message 2/06/10 - Shots fired in Whitehaven

Date Published: 02/06/2010 11:21

Update 14:00 02/06/10

Police apprehending a man suspected of shooting a number of people across West Cumbria this morning have located a body believed to be that of Derrick Bird in a wooded area near Boot.
 
Police have seized a gun from the scene and are now working to formally confirm the identity of the deceased and the number of people injured or dead.
 
A police helpline number 0800 0960095 has been set up for concerned relatives of those involved in this incident.
 
Our focus is now on the movements of Mr Bird this morning - we believe there are a number of fatalities and injuries. Our thoughts are with the families in these tragic times. We are asking for any witnesses to come forward and help us with our investigation into the events of this morning.
 
Police are asking those who were sheltering to now go about their normal day to day activities and would like to thank them for their patience in incredibly difficult circumstances. Please be aware there are a number of crime scenes across the county and we would ask for people's patince whilst we conduct our investigations.

Update 13:30 02/06/10

Cumbria Constabulary is using every armed police patrol in Cumbria to apprehend an armed man suspected of shooting a number of people in West Cumbria.

A large scale search was launched immediately as soon as reports of shots fired on Duke Street, Whitehaven, were received at 10:35 this morning. The response includes armed vehicle and foot patrols, officers from Cumbria Roads Policing Unit, police dogs units and air support from Lancashire. He is being tracked both on land and by air as police work to apprehend him. He is currently believed to be in the Boot area in Eskdale Valley.

A gold command has been set up in Police Headquarters in Penrith to manage the incident.

The suspect is believed to be fifty-two year old Derrick Bird, of Rowrah near Frizington who has abandoned his car in the Boot area and is now believed to be travelling by foot. Police who are in pursuit of him are urging members of the public in the Boot area to shelter indoors until further notice.

He was last seen heading south in the Central Lakes direction. He may have abandoned the car and be proceeding on foot. Police are currently working to apprehend him and advising members of the public in West and Central Lakes areas to go indoors and stay there until further notice.

Officers are also asking walkers and tourists in that area to be vigilant, take extra care and head indoors if at all possible. If any members of the public see Derrick Bird, please do not approach him and contact them immediately on 999.

We can confirm that a number of people have been injured who are being treated by ambulance crews. There are a number of fatalities and police are working to identify the individuals and inform relatives.

Update 13:00 02/06/10

Derrick Bird has abandoned his car in the Boot area and he is now believed to be travelling by foot. Police who are in pursuit of him are urging members of the public in the Boot area to shelter indoors until further notice.

Officers are also asking walkers and tourists in that area to be vigilant, take extra care and head indoors if at all possible. If any members of the public see Derrick Bird, please do not approach him and contact them immediately on 999.

Update 12:35 02/06/10

Police have released a photograph of the man they are searching for in connection with shootings across West Cumbria. Fifty-two year old Derrick Bird, of Rowrah near Frizington, is believed to be driving a dark grey/silver Citreon Picasso registration ND55 ZFC involved in shooting incidents in Whitehaven, Egremont and Sceascale areas.  Police are asking if members of the public see Derrick Bird, or his vehicle to contact them immediately on 999. Do not approach him.

He was last seen heading south in the Central Lakes direction. He may have abandoned the car and be proceeding on foot. Armed police are currently working to apprehend him and advising members of the public in West and Central Lakes areas to go indoors and stay there until further notice.

We can confirm that a number of people have been injured after shots were fired in the Whitehaven, Seascale and Egremont areas this morning. There are a number of fatalities and police are working to identify the individuals and inform relatives. Ambulance crews are in attendance across the area.

A police search was launched at 10:35am this morning after shots were fired in Duke Street in Whitehaven, the search has now extended to the Ambleside, Coniston and central lakes areas so police are urging all members of the public in these areas and across the West Lakes area from Whitehaven to Ravenglass to go indoors and stay there until further notice.

 

Update 12:00 02/06/10

Police can confirm that a number of people have been injured after shots were fired in the Whitehaven, Seascale and Egremont areas this morning. Ambulance crews are in attendace across the area.
 
Armed police are in attendance and working to apprehend a man who is believed to be involved descibed as in his thirties with a shaven head driving a dark grey/silver Citreon Picasso registration ND55 ZFC. Police are asking if members of the public see the vehicle to contact them immediately on 999.
 
A police search was launched at 10:35am this morning after shots were fired in Duke Street in Whitehaven, the search has now extended to the Egremont and Seascale areas so police are urging all members of the public in these areas and across the West Lakes area from Whitehaven to Ravenglass to go indoors and stay there until further notice.

Update 11:40am 02/06/10

Police working to apprehend a man in connection with shots fired in Whitehaven have extended their search to the Seascale area so we are urging all members of the public in the Seascale are to go indoors and stay there until further notice. Anyone in the West Lakes area from Whitehaven to Ravenglass are also being urged to shelter.

Police are searching for a dark grey/silver Citreon Picasso driven by a man in his thirties with a shaven head believed to be involved. If anyone sees this car, or anyone matching this description or any suspicious individuals we would ask them not to approach but call the police immediately on 999.

Update 11am 02/06/10

Police were called to Duke Street in Whitehaven at 10:35am after reports that shots were fired by a man. Ambulance crews are currently in attendance.  Armed police are working to apprehend the man and are asking members of the public in Whitehaven and Egremont to stay indoors until further notice.
 
Police are currently searching for a dark grey/silver Citreon Picasso driven by a man in his thirties with a shaven head believed to be involved. If anyone sees this car, or anyone matching this description or any suspicious individuals we would ask them not to approach but call the police immediately on 999.

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