Grandad, 58, who died after ‘being shot in street’ as family ‘come to terms’

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The devastated family of a man who is believed to have died after being "shot in the street" have spoken about their loss.

Christopher Kay, 58, died in hospital following the incident in Brotton Road, Carlin How, North Yorkshire, on Friday, August 21, at 4.30pm.

He tragically died in hospital after suffering serious injuries to his chest.

Police said on Saturday it is believed Christopher's injuries were caused by a firearm.

Christopher’s family have shared a tribute to him, saying: “We are currently working on coming to terms with the fact that a member of our family has been taken away from us.

“We would like to convey our thanks to the members of the public who tried to help, the emergency services who worked tirelessly to prevent the situation we now find ourselves in, as well as the specialist officers from Cleveland Police who are helping us come to terms with what has happened.

“We would ask that anyone who has any information, however small or trivial to contact the officers who are dealing with the investigation as soon as possible.

“Our children and grandchildren are now missing their father and grandfather, and someone must have information which will help the investigation and allow us to move forward.

“We respectfully request that we are left to grieve in private at this time”.

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Emergency services rushed to the scene on Friday afternoon following the incident.

A statement from Cleveland Police issued on Friday night said: "Police were called to a report of an incident on Brotton Road in Carlin How this afternoon, Friday August 21 at 4.30pm.

"It was reported that a man had suffered serious injuries to his chest.

"Officers attended the scene along with colleagues from the North East Ambulance Service and the Great North Air Ambulance Service and a 58-year-old man was sadly pronounced deceased in hospital a short time later.

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"Our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this difficult time.

"A man aged 31 and a woman aged 32 have been arrested in connection with the incident and they both currently remain in custody.

"Enquiries are currently ongoing and officers will remain at the scene of the incident whilst the investigation continues."

The Great North Air Ambulance attended the scene, a spokesman confirmed.

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They said: "I can confirm that we have attended an incident in the Carlin How area.

"We were on scene at 5.03pm with a doctor and paramedic.

"We treated a patient before accompanying them to hospital by road with the ambulance service."

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 4.24pm this afternoon to a person injured on Brotton Road in Carlin How.

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"We responded with two ambulances, an officer and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance, alongside Cleveland Police.

"We took one male patient to James Cook Hospital by road with critical injuries.”

Officers have charged a man aged 32 with manslaughter following the alleged incident.

He will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday August 24.

A further two men aged 31 and 35 and a woman aged 32 were also arrested in connection with the alleged incident.

The men have been released with bail conditions pending further enquiries and the woman has been released with no further action.

Police are still continuing to appeal for anyone with any information regarding the reported incident or anyone with private CCTV/ dashcam footage from the time/area of the incident to contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting 136570.

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