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Second arrest after man shot dead in Oswaldtwistle

Lee Holt with his daughters Kiera-Leigh (left) and Alecia

[D]etectives investigating the death of a man from Oswaldtwistle have made a second arrest.

The 49-year-old man from Oswaldtwistle was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of murder and is being held in police custody.

Police were called at around 8:25pm yesterday evening (Wednesday, October 25th) to the report that a man had been shot after an altercation involving a small group of people occurred at the front door of a house on Barnard Close.

The victim, who can be named as Lee Holt, 32, from Accrington, suffered a single shot wound to his chest. He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where he sadly died a short time later.

Lee Holt

A 14-year-old boy from Oswaldtwistle was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

DCI Jill Johnston from the Force Major Investigation Team said: “Our thoughts and condolences remain with Lee’s family at this very difficult time. We have specially trained officers supporting them.

“Our investigation is on-going and we are continuing with our enquiries.

“I would like to reassure the community that this was an isolated incident and the victim and offender are known to each other. We do not believe there is a wider threat to local residents.

“I would like to stress that we do not believe this is linked to two other firearms discharges in Accrington in June.

“We need anyone who may have seen anything in the build up to this incident to get in contact with us as soon as possible. Similarly if you know anything that you think could help, please come forward.”

A spokesman for Lee’s family said: “Lee was a brilliant, loving son to Marilyn and Kevin Holt.

“A loving brother to Laura Holt. He has two beautiful children, Alecia aged 12 and Kiera-Leigh aged eight, who were his entire world.

“Family was his life. He has left the love of his life Kate in the most traumatic way imaginable. We hope to draw from the courage and strength he showed in his life to get through this extremely difficult time.”

Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20171025-1407.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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