Newcastle shooting: Outlaws member was “former member”, police say

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Aidan McLaughlin was known to police and had six previous convictions

The man shot dead outside an Outlaws motorcycle club in Newcastle was said to be “a former member” of the gang, a police source has confirmed.

Aidan McLaughlin, 45, from Guyhirne, County Durham, was in Tyneside on behalf of an Outlaws member and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police called the incident “very unusual” and said the incident was not being treated as a criminal matter.

Image copyright Facebook Image caption A Nottinghamshire man, Terry Chapman, has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Officers were called to the Bay in The Lodge at Dunsfold on Saturday evening, about 20 minutes from Newcastle, shortly after 6pm.

A Northumbria Police statement said: “The incident is not being treated as a criminal matter but is being dealt with by firearms officers.”

A source told the Newcastle Chronicle that the man was known to police and had had a criminal record.

Nine people were arrested in connection with the incident, which lasted about 20 minutes.

Image copyright Northumbria Police Image caption A 25-year-old man is being held by police in connection with the incident

A local authority housing official who was at the scene said: “It looked chaotic. I don’t know why the police shot him, but it must have been an attempt to subdue him.”

Neighbours told the Chronicle that a car with multiple smashed windows was eventually towed away.

A Home Office pathologist was called to the scene as police carried out a forensic examination.

A 25-year-old man from Nottinghamshire was arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed to return to Newcastle police station on 28 January.

Police are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding the incident and are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton added: “This was a very unusual incident. There has been a terrible loss of life and the officers and colleagues who dealt with this tragic event worked tirelessly to bring the situation to a successful conclusion.

“We are now in the process of working through the CCTV footage to see what might have happened leading up to the incident and the investigation is ongoing. We understand that the public may have information about the incident which is difficult to use in the digital age but we would like people to remain patient with us in the investigation.

“We have visited one-and-a-half dozen affected families and today we have spoken to 15 members of the Outlaws community, but it may be some time before we name the deceased man. We understand that the family will want the opportunity to grieve for the family they’ve lost.”

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