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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 11:04 GMT
Hunted man 'extremely dangerous'
Stuart Benson (picture from Kent Police)
Anyone spotting Stuart Benson is urged not to approach him
An armed man wanted in connection with a shooting in Folkestone after which a man died is "believed to be extremely dangerous", Kent Police have said.

Police took the unusual step of naming suspect Stuart Benson, 25, of Folkestone, in the interests of public safety, the major crimes unit said.

On Tuesday, Det Ch Insp Paul Gladstone said people should contact police and not approach Mr Benson if they see him.

"Who knows what such a dangerous man would do if confronted," he said.

Mr Benson is believed to be an extremely dangerous man
Det Ch Insp Paul Gladstone

Two shots were heard in Denmark Street on Sunday night - one went through the window of a house hitting the man inside.

The victim was taken to the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, but later died.

Mr Gladstone said: "Mr Benson is believed to be an extremely dangerous man and that is why we are taking this unusual step."

'Extra officers'

"We believe he is still in the area, however as time goes on, there is every likelihood he is going to leave."

The police inspector said Mr Benson would have access to both vehicles and the firearm used in the shooting on Sunday, just after 2300 GMT.

He said: "I don't think there is any likelihood he would use it against a member of the public, but who knows what such a dangerous man would do if confronted."

Mr Gladstone urged the public to come forward with information and said "significant extra police officers" were present in the area.

Mr Benson has been described as 5ft 10in tall, with a medium build, cropped fair hair, a gruff voice and a horizontal scar over his right eyebrow. He has blue eyes and was last seen wearing dark clothing.


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