Community in shock as police investigation continues after man arrested for making threats to kill with a firearm

Police were called to an incident on Watton Road, Shipdham.

Police were called to an incident on Watton Road, Shipdham. - Credit: Archant

A community remains in shock as a police investigation continues following the arrest of a man on suspicion of making threats to kill with a firearm.

Shipdham village sign. Picture: Ian Burt

Shipdham village sign. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Police, including armed units, were called to an address in Watton Road, Shipdham, near Dereham, shortly after 9.40am on Friday following reports a man had made verbal threats to another man.

He had been seen in possession of a firearm.

Officers arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of threats to kill and was taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.

He has since been released on bail until April 14.

In August last year family home on Watton Road, Shipdham and neighbouring classic car restoration business, with an estimated £3m worth of cars, was destroyed in a fire.

Police have not been able to confirm, at this stage, if the two incidents are being linked in the investigation.

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People in Shipdham have been expressing surprise that little information is known in the village about Friday's incident.

Lynda Turner, Breckland councillor for Shipdham, said: 'I've not heard anything about it, which is surprising because most people in Shipdham know if there's something going on in the village, especially an incident like this.

'I was at the village quiz at All Saints Church on Friday night, with about 50 other people, and nothing was said about it.'

Shipdham Parish Council chairman Bill Fawcett said: 'It's quite amazing really that nobody knows anything about what happened. There have been no tweets or anything.'

Parish councillor Marlene Secker said: 'It's a complete mystery, which is unusual for a village like Shipdham.'

While Shipdham would appear to be a quiet rural village, it has hit the headlines several times in recent years.

There have been two major fires in the village, including the incident last August.

In April, 2016 an RAF bomb disposal team was called into Shipdham when a Second World War bomb was unearthed in a garden in Market Street.

Mrs Turner said: 'When I first moved to Shipdham, about six years ago, police were called to deal with a man who had been waving a shotgun around on Letton Road and we've had all of these other incidents since then. I came here for the quiet life.'

Ms Secker added: 'I've lived in Shipdham all of my life and I love this village.

'It's unusual that all of these things have happened in the last few years.'


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