Page last updated at 16:19 GMT, Sunday, 30 August 2009 17:19 UK

Two men arrested after shootings

The crashed Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi left the road and overturned near a roundabout

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following two shooting incidents in County Durham.

Police said shots were fired in the Humber Hill area of Stanley after a "confrontation" between vehicles on Saturday evening.

A Mercedes car and a Mitsubishi 4x4 vehicle then sped off into Durham city, where shots were fired half an hour later near the County Hall roundabout.

A shotgun has been recovered and the two men are now being questioned.

Our inquiries so far suggest (the incident) was not connected to drugs or organised crime
Det Supt Andy Reddick

Police are keeping an open mind as to whether anyone else was involved and searches are continuing both in Durham and Stanley, which are about 13 miles apart.

A 40-year-old man, from Belmont, near Durham, was arrested after being injured when the Mitsubishi left the road and overturned near the roundabout after a collision with the Mercedes.

He was placed under armed police guard while being treated in hospital and later taken into custody.

A 37-year-old man was later arrested in Fieldhouse Lane, after the Mercedes was stopped on a road between Durham and the village of Sacriston.

'Very unusual'

Det Supt Andy Reddick, of Durham Police, said although at this stage a motive for the shooting had not been established, he believed the incident was an isolated one.

He said: "This sort of incident is very unusual for County Durham and our inquiries so far suggest it was not connected to drugs or organised crime.

"I would urge anyone who saw these two vehicles either in Humber Hill, on the road by County Hall or at any point in between to contact us.

"I am hoping to establish which route the drivers took from Stanley to Durham and any information the public could provide would be extremely useful."

The main route through Durham, past the County Hall, has now been reopened to all traffic.

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