COLNBROOK SHOOTING LATEST: Name of fatality identified as man arrested on suspicion of burglary

As Colnbrook continues to reel from the shock of the events in the early hours of Monday morning, the name of the fatality has been identified by national newspapers.  Meanwhile, police arrested a second man believed to have been involved has been arrested.

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The man found with fatal gunshot wounds in woods near Colnbrook early on Monday has been identified as local resident Wayne Digby. Mr Digby is alleged to have attempted to break into into the caravan where pensioner Reuben Gregory and his sister Kathleen lived, shortly before 3:30am.

Mr Digby’s sister Tracey initially identified her brother in a post on Colnbrook Views’ Facebook page on Monday morning, but later deleted the post.

Mr Gregory, in his 70s, reportedly opened fire on two men after disturbing them during the raid.

The reclusive siblings have lived at the site, where their parents set up home after working as farm labourers in Colnbrook, for estimates ranging up to 60 years.  They had previously been burglary victims and friends said they kept a gun in case they were attacked – but refusing to be re-homed elsewhere.

Footpaths adjacent to the caravan were sometimes blocked with branches, broken glass and other obstacles in an apparent effort to deter people from approaching.

What we know so far

  • The Gregorys are understood to have called and waited for police to arrive following the incident.
  • Another man is understood to have been wounded in the shooting and was rushed to hospital.
  • Reuben Gregory, 70, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
  • A female relative has described them as “very, very quiet inoffensive people who don’t cause any problems to anyone”.
Father-of-two Wayne Digby, 48, was identified as the victim of the shooting.

Father-of-two Wayne Digby, 48, was identified as the victim of the shooting.

The Times has reported that father of two Mr Digby, 48, was a former heroin addict who had a lengthy criminal record for armed robbery.

Separately yesterday, a man described as an accomplice has been arrested on suspicion of burglary following a fatal shooting.

The 48-year-old suspect was initially detained on Monday night by officers investigating the alleged break-in, Thames Valley Police said. Police were also in attendance at an address in Slough shortly after the arrest.

 

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