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Stepfather arrested after Newport teenager found shot

Lewis Bailey
The teenager is being treated for head injuries at the University of Wales Hospital

A man being held on suspicion of the attempted murder of a teenager in Newport is believed to be the boy's stepfather.

Gwent Police found 15-year-old Lewis Bailey alone in a house in the Somerton area of the city on Tuesday, suffering from a head injury after being shot.

He was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he is in a serious condition.

"The 50-year-old man remains in custody being questioned," said police.

Officers were called to the house in Hawthorne Avenue on Tuesday by ambulance staff. It is not known who made the initial 999 call.

The house where the injured boy was found in Newpotr
Police and paramedics went to the hosue where they found Lewis Bailey

A Gwent Police spokesman said: "Family liaison officers are supporting the boy's family and a major incident team is carrying out inquiries to establish what happened.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said armed police cordoned off the street on Tuesday afternoon and told residents to stay inside.

Paramedics were later seen carrying out a person on a stretcher, assumed to be the teenager, who had a bandaged head.

Residents living around the semi-detached homes in Hawthorne Avenue all spoke of their shock at what happened.

One said: "I've lived here for 45 years and it has always been a very quiet area. I was shocked to hear what has happened. Everyone is shocked."

Anyone with information or who has any concerns can speak to officers in the area or call Gwent Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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