A 41-year-old woman was taken to hospital after being shot twice in the back in Wigan in the early hours of this morning.

She was shot in the second of two shooting incidents five minutes apart in Ashton-in-Makerfield, the first on Vicarage Lane and the second on Redland Court.

Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Chief Inspector Liz Sanderson, of GMP’s Wigan district, said: “Our thoughts are with the woman as she makes her recovery and I would like to stress just how seriously we are taking these incidents.

“Firearms were discharged at both locations within a matter of minutes of each other and we are treating these two incidents as linked.

“We would like to reassure residents that extra patrols will be in the area and anyone with concerns should speak to a police officer.”


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