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Appeal to trace man after police officers were shot at
Friday 4th November, 2005

Appeal to trace man after police officers were shot at
Neil Wood - Wanted

Officers in Wigan are appealing for the public's help to trace a man they want to speak to in relation to an incident where police officers were shot at.

Police were called to a house on Scot Lane in Newtown, Wigan at approximately 1am on Tuesday 1 November 2005, following a report of a domestic incident.

Several people were inside the house when officers arrived. When the occupants saw the officers a firearm was discharged in their direction, but nobody was injured.

The officers then retreated to a safe point and called for assistance from the Force's Armed Response Unit.

Having secured the area, officers returned to the property but the occupants had gone. A search of the house recovered a bullet casing and ammunition, as well as other property.

Police want to speak to 26-year-old Neil Anthony WOOD DOB: 28/11/78 in connection with the incident.

Officers are particularly keen to stress to Wood that no-one was injured in the incident, as it is believed he may think he has shoot a police officer.

In an attempt to trace Wood officers have executed searches at several addresses in Wigan, but have been unable to locate him. It is thought he is still in the Wigan area.

He is described as a white man, approximately 6ft 1in tall with short brown hair.

As well as tracing Wood, officers are also keen for any information concerning the other people who were in the house at the time of the incident.

Members of the public are advised not to approach Wood, but call the police straight away. If you see Wood you can call officers on the emergency number 999, or if you have any information regarding his whereabouts it can be given to officers in Wigan on 0161 856 7170.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 37-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of burglary in relation to the initial domestic incident. She has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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