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Number of fatalities following 'serious firearms incident' in Plymouth

Several other casualties are receiving treatment.

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Updated Aug 12th 2021, 10:20 PM

THERE HAVE BEEN a “number of fatalities” in a “serious firearms incident” in Plymouth, England, police have said. 

Police were called to the incident in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area at around 6.10pm this evening. Officers and ambulance staff attended. 

“There have been a number of fatalities at the scene and several other casualties are receiving treatment,” Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement. 

“A critical incident has been declared,” it said. 

The area has been cordoned off and police believe the situation is “contained”. 

Road closures are in place and people are being asked to avoid the area. 

“We are appealing to the public not to speculate or share pictures of the scene on social media or elsewhere,” police said. 

Local MP Johnny Mercer tweeted that the incident is “not terror related”.

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said the situation looked like “a very grim day for our city and our community”.

Pollard tweeted: “Really worrying news coming out of Keyham”, adding: “Please can everyone stay safe, stay indoors and follow police advice.”

The South Western Ambulance Service said it was called at just after 6pm to Keyham.

The ambulance service tweeted: “We responded to the incident with a significant number of resources, including Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), multiple ambulances, air ambulances, multiple doctors and senior paramedics.

“We will provide an update here in due course.”

Plymouth City Council said an “awful tragedy has happened in our city tonight”.

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In a tweet, the council said: “While we don’t know all of the details, our hearts go out to everyone affected by this terrible incident.”

It called on the public not to speculate or share pictures on social media.

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected. I have spoken to the Chief Constable and offered my full support. I urge everyone to remain calm, follow police advice and allow our emergency services to get on with their jobs.”

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds tweeted: “Truly terrible news. Thinking of the families and friends of those who have died and those injured. Thank you to our remarkable emergency services.

“I’ve been in contact with local representatives to express my support for the whole community of Plymouth on this awful evening.”

Plymouth Argyle FC tweeted: “Our hearts go out to victims of tonight’s tragic incident in our city, alongside their families, friends, and the wider Plymouth community.”

Includes reporting by Press Association

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