Residents have expressed their shock after several gunshots were apparently fired from a car on their street – just hours following a nearby bomb scare.
Police were called to Newbold Back Lane, Newbold, at about 9pm on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Derbyshire police said this morning: “We can confirm we received reports of several gunshots being heard.
“Reports suggest they had been fired from a car travelling along the road.
“We don’t know where the shots were fired at.
“At this stage we have no description of the car nor do we have a description of who was in it.
“Officers searched the area but no suspects were traced.
“We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The spokesman said there were no reports of any injuries or damage.
A section of the road was closed for a time.
Eyewitnesses reported a significant police presence, police dogs and a police helicopter circling the area.
One resident of Newbold Back Lane, who asked not to be named, said: “The shots were like nothing we’ve ever heard.
“You don’t expect this type of thing to happen on your street.
“It’s usually such a quiet road.”
Carol Bargh added: “I heard a loud bang and then flocks of birds took to the skies.”
Another resident said he saw police placing LED lights around what appeared to be cartridges on the road.
The drama happened hours after army experts carried out a controlled explosion on a live World War Two bomb near Newbold Back Lane.
The discovery was made by someone using a metal detector in a big field off Cambrian Close, Newbold, at about 2.10pm.
The bomb was identified as a 1KG German incendiary device and the controlled explosion was carried out shortly after 5pm.