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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK
Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent

Cambridgeshire shootings: man charged with murder over deaths of father and son

Gary Dunmore (left) and his son Joshua Dunmore were shot at separate locations on Wednesday evening.
Gary Dunmore (left) and his son Joshua Dunmore were shot at separate locations on Wednesday evening. Composite: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

A man has been charged with the murders of a father and son following two shootings in villages in Cambridgeshire.

Stephen Alderton, 66, has been charged with the murders of Gary
and Joshua Dunmore after the incidents near Huntingdon on Wednesday, Cambridgeshire police said.

Alderton, of no fixed address, has also been charged with one count of possession of a firearm and is due to appear at Huntingdon magistrates court on Saturday.

Two people, a 27-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, who were also arrested in connection with the murders, were released without charge on Friday, the force said.

The victims’ family paid tribute to the “devoted” father and son in a statement released via police.

They said: “Josh was a devoted father and a loving uncle. He was a wonderful son and brother, and leaves behind an extensive group of family and friends. He will be deeply missed and the devastation this has caused will never heal.

“Gary was the most devoted son, brother, dad, and grandad, who gave everything for those he loved. He was a gentle and generous person who always put others before himself and he’ll be massively missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him.”

They asked for privacy to mourn the losses.

Officers were first called to reports of gunshots at a property in Meridian Close, Bluntisham, just after 9pm on Wednesday. They arrived to find Josh Dunmore, 32, dead with a gunshot wound.

At 9.37pm, police received a call from a person in nearby Sutton, again reporting hearing gunshots. The body of Gary Dunmore, 57, was found at a property there.

Outside Gary Dunmore’s home in The Row, Sutton, a floral tribute read: “To my dear neighbour Gary. A man who loved his family dearly, a dear friend to all, so helpful and kind and was always around as a friend and my little odd job man. I’m going to miss you.”

A floral tribute left for Josh Dunmore in Bluntisham said: “So sad a young life to be taken like this and a little boy now with no daddy. Thinking of the family. RIP Josh X.”

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