An appeal for information has been launched following a 'complex' firearms incident in Stevenage.

A 50-year-old man was arrested after gunshots were reportedly heard in Lytton Way last Wednesday evening (September 6). 

He remains in police custody at this time.

The incident began at around 6.15pm, when two vehicles had been driving erratically along the A414, between Essendon and the A1(M).

The green Mercedes and white flatbed van entered the motorway at Junction 6, driving northbound towards Stevenage.

At around 6.30pm, both vehicles exited the motorway at Junction 7 for Stevenage, with the Mercedes colliding with a private ambulance on the roundabout above the A1(M).


No injuries were sustained in the crash.

The Mercedes and van continued into Stevenage, along Lytton Way and past the police station.

Gunshots were reportedly heard at this time, and the road was closed for an investigation to be carried out.

The Comet: The road was closed until around 7pm the following day.The road was closed until around 7pm the following day. (Image: Newsquest)

One man was taken to hospital with "serious but not life-threatening injuries", which police believe had been sustained prior to the incident.

Detective Inspector Iain Macpherson said: "This is a complex investigation and we are carrying out extensive enquiries.


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"I would like to reassure the public that those involved are believed to be known to each other and we do not believe there to be a wider risk to the public.

“I am asking any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

"We have not yet managed to trace the green Mercedes and we are particularly keen to hear from anybody who thinks they have seen it.

The Comet: Police officers searching the ground between Stevenage police station and Lytton Way.Police officers searching the ground between Stevenage police station and Lytton Way. (Image: Newsquest)

"It has a registration ending in WUG.

"Please do not approach if you do see this vehicle but call 999 immediately.

“If you were driving along the A414 or the A1(M) at this time on Wednesday, September 6, and have a dash cam, please check it and get in touch if you spot the vehicles.

“Finally, we appreciate the road closure would have caused disruption and I would like to thank the public for their patience whilst this was ongoing.”

Information can be reported online at or by calling the police's non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/71924/23.

Anonymous information can be given by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via