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A major police investigation is underway after a man was allegedly shot at in a shocking attack just hours before Christmas Day.

The land surrounding the Loudwater War Memorial, in Station Road, has been cordoned off and forensic investigators with metal detectors have been seen in the area today (Wednesday).

The victim is in hospital with serious injuries to his shoulder following the incident, which saw officers being called to Station Road after panicked 999 reports of a weapon being fired at around 8.20pm on Christmas Eve.

A man has been arrested while investigations continue.

A scene watch remains in place from Station Road to Fassets Road and Queensmead Road.

Detective chief inspector Kelly Glister said: “This is a very serious offence and I would therefore urge anyone who knows anything about the incident, no matter how insignificant you think the information is, to please come forward to police.

“I would like to thank members of the public and the community in the area who have already come forward to police. Thames Valley Police is conducting a thorough investigation into the offence and will be conducting house to house enquiries in the area.

“Officers will also be supporting members of the public who wish to leave their properties throughout the day. We appreciate your patience and co-operation at this time.”

Superintendent Vince Grey, LPA Commander for Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire, said: “We are aware of the disruption that has been caused to the community as a result of this incident, especially over the Christmas period.

“We are managing the investigation and ask for the public’s patience and understand while we do this.

“We understand this to be an isolated incident and are working to remove the scene watch as soon as we can.”

Anyone with information is being urged to call 101 quoting reference 1177 (24/12), or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.