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Teenager killed in suspected burglary at Whaley Bridge farm named

Police have named a man who died at a farm in Whaley Bridge.

Police were called to reports of a burglary at a property in Eccles Road at around 1.20am on 1 May.

At the scene officers found a man in his late teens who had sustained fatal gunshot wounds who has now been formally identified as Marcus Smith, 19, of Chapel-en-le-Frith.

A second man, who is in his teens, was also found with a gunshot wound nearby in the same road. He suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital where he remains. However, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. 

A third man, who is in his 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and remains in police custody. Officers have been granted further time to question the man in connection with the murder.

A fourth man, who is in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after the vehicle he was travelling in was stopped on the A6 in the afternoon of Wednesday 1 May. He remains in police custody.

A fifth man, who is in his 30s, was arrested last night, Thursday 2 May, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. He remains in police custody.

A sixth man, who is in his late teens, was arrested on Friday 3 May on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A scene remains in place at a house in Eccles Road and will remain in place for some time while investigations continue.

Police had received reports of a burglary at the Eccles Road property on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 April, at around 3.30pm. Officers attended the scene and are keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents are linked.


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