Homeowners should be able to defend themselves against burglars, says Rutland MP Alan Duncan

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RUTLAND MP Alan Duncan has entered a debate about a person’s right to defend themselves against burglars after a shooting in Melton over the weekend.

Police are investigating a break-in and shooting at a remote farm cottage on the outskirts of Melton. Officers were called by a man reporting a group of men had broken into his home at 12.26am yesterday (Sunday).

The man stated that during the course of the incident he had fired a legally-held shotgun and the intruders had left the scene.

About five minutes later the ambulance service notified police they had been called to a man with injuries consistent with shotgun injuries.

A second man presented at Leicester Royal Infirmary with similar injuries. Neither injuries are life-threatening.

Investigations have begun into both reports and six people, five men and one woman, have been arrested.

Detectives and scenes of crime officers were today back at the scene of the incident at Grange Farm Cottage, situated between Asfordby Business Park and Welby Church.

A 35-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested in Melton on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and are still being questioned. Four men, aged 23, 27, 31 and 33, are still being questioned on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

In a statement this afternoon Mr Duncan, a Government minister, said: “If this is a straightforward case of someone using a shotgun to defend themselves against burglars in the dead of night, then I would hope that the police will prosecute the burglars and not my constituents.

“The householder is the victim here, and justice should support them and prosecute the burglars.”