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Detectives searching Norwich park where teenager was shot

PUBLISHED: 14:06 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:06 29 June 2018

Police searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Police searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Detailed searches are being carried out today at a Norwich park where a 19-year-old from London was shot.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident which happened at about 2am yesterday when police were called to Adelaide Street following reports of an altercation and sound of a gunshot.

The police cordon has been reduced with roads now open, but the park remains sealed off.

Officers will be carrying out witness enquiries today and specially trained officers will carry out a detailed search of the park to secure any evidence.

Police searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The weapon used in the attack has not yet been recovered, and no arrests have been made.

The victim remains in a stable condition at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital following surgery yesterday.

CCTV enquiries are being carried out locally and 12 detectives are currently working on the case.

Police searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Police said yesterday they are exploring several lines of enquiry, including whether the incident is connected to illegal drug activity.

Norwich police commander Superintendent Terry Lordan said the shooting was “a serious incident but an isolated incident”.

“It is one which is very rare for Norwich,” he said.

Police searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYPolice searching a park off Adelaide Street, Norwich, after a shooting. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“Norfolk Constabulary’s response to drug activity and county lines has been robust, and if we have information there is drug dealing in an area we will naturally react to that.

“The problem of drugs is not just a police problem, it requires a multi-layered approach in terms of dealing with that wider outreach programme of drug rehabilitation, education within schools and ensuring we are all doing our best.

“We are not going to eradicate drugs within the city. Every city has a level of anti-social behaviour and crime, and Norwich is no different.

“Our mission statement is to make the most hostile environment for anyone coming into the county seeking to sell drugs.”

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