The incident received public attention initially as local residents observed the police activity and took to social media to report what they were seeing.
Resident Steve Hall posted on Facebook:
Well a bit to much excitement for a Sunday evening.
Heard a bang about 8-45 followed by several smaller bangs. Thought it was fireworks. Went outside to find a road accident about 200 yds from our house. On further investigation it seems it is a travellers turf war. A van was run off the road destroying a caravan and then people started shooting at each other!
The police had been called but I rang them again to inform them it was a firearms incident. It took 4 minutes to get through on 999 and Leicestershire were too busy so the call went to Northampton.
Village is in lock down and there are armed police everywhere.
Elsewhere, local media were just reporting the road closure as ‘Traffic News’ without mentioning any other ‘drama’. However, the whole area seemed to be still under some kind of lock-down at lunchtime Monday.
Leicester police issued a statement on 28/12/15 at 12:20 p.m. saying Blaby Road remains closed “after an incident”.
The statement read:
“A 20-year-old man has been arrested following an altercation in Enderby yesterday evening (Sunday 27 December).
Police were called to Blaby Road, in Enderby, Leicestershire, at about 8.50pm following reports of a collision that is believed to have involved three vehicles and a caravan.
Following the collision an altercation took place at the scene and two people sustained minor injuries.
Blaby Road from the Foxhunter Island to its junction with Leicester Lane and High Street, remains closed while enquiries continue at the scene.
One man sustained injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 614 of 27 December.
The man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder remains in police custody.”
On Monday evening the police updated their information to say the B582 had re-opened and “a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”
[Photo: Steve Hall]