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Man Shot With Air Rifle During Theft From Car: Three Men Arrested

By Times Reporter in Crime News on June 15, 2021

A man was shot with an air-rifle last night in Shawford during an attempted theft from a car.

Three men have been arrested following a number of thefts from motor vehicles last night including two in the Meon Valley.

Police were called just before 3am this morning to reports of three men attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle on Ferneham Road, Fareham. Damage was caused to three vehicles on the victim’s driveway. The offenders made off and were detained by police a short while later on Duncan Road, Park Gate.

A 28-year-old man from Southampton, a 34-year-old man from Totton, and a 24-year-old man from Hythe, were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. They remain in custody at this time.

This incident has since been linked to several other theft of catalytic converters from vehicles across the county. The details are as follows:

• An attempted theft at an address on Pearson Lane, Shawford, at around 1.30am where the victim was also shot with an air-rifle causing minor injuries.
• Claylands Road and Greens Close, Bishops Waltham, at around 2am on 15 June.
• Chapel Road, Swanmore, at 2.28am on 15 June.
• Woodley Close and Ganger Road, Romsey, at 10.30pm on 14 June.
• Eastmans Field, Chilbolton, at around 11.30pm on 14 June.
• Berber Close, Whitley, 3.15am on 15 June.

Officers would be keen to hear from anyone who has information on any of these incidents.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “Were you in the area at the time? Did you see or hear anything suspicious? Perhaps you have private CCTV or dashcam footage. Anyone with information is asked to phone 101 with reference 44210233975. You can find more information about catalytic converter thefts, and how to protect your vehicles, here: http://orlo.uk/BviBi”

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