AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a gun was fired in Winsford.
Nobody was hurt when the firearm was discharged in Walmer Place, on the Over Estate, at about 11.15pm on Wednesday, last week.
It is thought the shooting was linked to an incident moments earlier on Vauxhall Way when a group of men armed with baseball bats smashed up a blue Land Rover.
Chief Supt Tim Jackson, head of policing in Cheshire West, said: “We understand the community will be shocked and concerned by what has happened, so I would ask they assist in our investigation to help find whoever is responsible.
“Although gun-related crime is a rare occurrence in Cheshire, and thankfully on this occasion nobody was injured, the potentially devastating effect of gun crime on its victims and communities cannot be underestimated.
“Cheshire Constabulary is committed to tackling incidents such as this robustly and to send out a strong message to criminals and the community that the use of weapons on our streets will not be tolerated.”
Chief Insp Paul Taylor said patrols would be increased.
“It is likely that over the coming weeks you will see more officers on patrol in your area at all times,” he said.
“In addition, a senior police officer has authorised the use of ‘stop and search’ powers across the Winsford area.”
Anyone with any information can call Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000, or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.