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Man arrested after teenager shot in Newport

The house where the injured boy was found in Newpotr
Police found the 15-year-old, named locally as Lewis Bailey, alone in the house

A 50-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenage boy was shot.

Gwent Police were called to a house in Somerton, Newport, on Tuesday, where they discovered a 15-year-old boy alone and suffering from a head injury.

The boy, named locally as Lewis Bailey, was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he is in a serious condition.

Police have confirmed the arrested man and the teenager know each other.

Officers were called to the house in Hawthorne Avenue at about 1620 GMT on Tuesday by ambulance staff. It is not known who made the initial 999 call.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and found a 15-year-old boy alone in the house. He was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital with a head injury.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident
Gwent Police spokesman

"The boy has been transferred to the University Hospital of Wales where he is described as being in a serious condition.

"The circumstances of how he received the wound remain unclear at this time.

"The 50-year-old man remains in police custody being questioned. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time."

Family liaison officers are supporting the boy's family and a major incident team is carrying out inquiries to establish what happened.

"Officers remain in the area of the incident and are liaising with members of the community," the spokesman added.

'Everyone's in shock'

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.

Location map
The incident happened in Hawthorne Avenue in the city's Somerton area

Police sniffer dogs were later brought to the scene and the Gwent force helicopter was seen hovering over the location.

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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