RESIDENTS living in two streets nearby where shots were fired could hold crucial information to help the police investigation into the "targeted attack", detectives said tonight, Friday.

Officers were called by firefighters to reports of a car fire on Henry Street, Leigh shortly before 8pm on Wednesday.

They found evidence of firearms discharges targeting the vehicle and a nearby property.

A short time later, police were also called by firefighters to reports of a car fire on Broadwell Drive in Leigh.

Officers attended and found a stolen vehicle.

The fire on Broadwell Drive in Leigh

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Police confirmed enquiries are ongoing to establish if the incidents are linked.

No arrests have been made.

An investigation is underway.

Detective Inspector Phil Housley, of GMP’s Wigan division, said: “Enquiries are continuing and we believe members of the public in the Pennington area, in particular Henry Street and Broadwell Drive areas might have information which could assist us – I’d appeal to them to contact us.

“Incidents of this kind understandably cause concern but I would like to reassure the wider community that we believe this was a targeted attack and have no reason to believe they are at risk.

“Incidents involving firearms are treated with the utmost seriousness so a team of dedicated officers are investigating and I can assure members of the public that we are committed to bringing those responsible for this dangerous behaviour to justice.”

If you have any information contact police on 0161 856 7042 quoting 2,823 or 2,815 of January 22.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.