Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Charges over Street Gun Alert

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Charges over Street Gun Alert

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

No-one will be charged over gunfire which brought fear to a busy Tyneside street.

Passers-by were reportedly shot at by a gunman from an upstairs window in Station Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle.

Months after the incident, there has been insufficient evidence to produce a successful prosecution.

Two men, an analyst and a financial adviser, were arrested in connection with inquiry.

Christopher Sanders, 26, and Rupesh Khosla, 22, both of Station Road, South Gosforth, had been arrested in April and bailed pending further inquiries.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: "After having carefully examined the case, our lawyers have concluded there is insufficient evidence and are not satisfied there is a realistic prospect of conviction."

A Newcastle command area police spokesman said: "Two men arrested in connection with a shooting incident were told they face no further action when they answered their bail."

Northumbria police firearms officers were deployed in South Gosforth shortly after reports that passers-by had been shot at by a gunman from an attic window.

Station Road and surrounding streets were cordoned off and traffic stopped shortly after 6.40pm on Saturday, April 23.

After a stand-off lasting nearly two hours police arrested three men who at first refused to come out of a flat above commercial premises.

Officers recovered three ball bearing guns from the flat and two of the men were questioned on suspicion of causing fear with a firearm.

Traders, residents and police condemned the mindless behaviour which not only caused alarm, but also the loss of business for takeaways and off-licences.

And a consultant surgeon on call at a local hospital to carry out an operation, had to be waved through the road block and hit a police car.

A South Gosforth PhD student, aged 23, at Newcastle University, stood behind the police cordon as the drama unfolded and took pictures. …

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