News Criminal Defence 8th Sep 2017

Narita Bahra & Harry Bentley Represent Client Involved in Bedford Shooting

Narita Bahra and Harry Bentley represent one of 16 defendants allegedly involved in four shootings that took place in Bedford on 8th July. Shootings took place in Faraday Square in Elstow, where a woman was shot, Lovell Road, Foxglove Way and Romsey Way. The police believe the shootings were all linked and were ‘targeted attacks’. The woman caught in the gunfire was rushed to hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway recently wrote about the increased funding Bedfordshire Police needs due to the ‘urban’ issues it faces, such as gun crime.

In her Police and Crime Plan, released at the end of last month, she said: “The Counter Terror threat from Bedfordshire as a whole means the county is ranked third in the country, behind London and Birmingham, in terms of risk, and we face other significant issues from Serious Organised Crime, including drug, human trafficking and modern slavery, gun, knife and gang crime.

“This level of local demand is the reason why Bedfordshire is the lead force in the tri-force collaboration arrangement including Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and leads the East as a region in the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) including our Counter Terror Intelligence Unit (CTIU) and the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU.)”

Narita and Harry’s client was acquitted of firearms charges and the prosecution did not seek a retrial after a hung jury on the conspiracy charge.

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