Blackburn shooting: Three further arrests made in Aya Hachem murder investigation bringing total to nine in custody

Police have arrested a further three people in connection with the murder of Aya Hachem in Blackpool.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 4:14 pm

Two women, aged 19 and 26 from the Blackburn area, were arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A man aged 28 from Blackburn was arrested later at an address in the town on suspicion of murder. They are all in custody.

The latest arrests bring the total number detained in connection with Aya’s death to nine.

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Aya Hachem was killed in Blackburn - nine people have now been arrested in connection with her murder

Police have also today been given more time to question three men arrested on suspicion of her murder.

The men, aged 39, 33 and 36, from Blackburn, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday (May 18th) They appeared before magistrates this morning and officers were granted a warrant of further detention for 36 hours.

Two men aged 31 and 35 arrested on suspicion of murder and a man aged 29 arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender who were detained in the Blackburn area yesterday (Tuesday, May 19th) remain in custody.

Police launched a major investigation after Aya, 19, was shot in broad daylight on Sunday as she was out shopping close to the Lidl supermarket on King Street in Blackburn.

Emergency services attended and she was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Aya died as a result of a gunshot wound to her chest.

Before she was fatally shot, a light silver/ green Toyota Avensis drove past Aya. Shots were fired from the vehicle and one of them struck and killed her. Detectives do not believe she was the intended target of the attack.

The Avensis, registration number SV53 UBP, was recovered by police on Sunday on Wellington Road.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Supt Andy Cribbin from Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said: “Our enquiries are very much on-going and we are working round the clock to find out who was responsible for Aya’s death. Our determination to get justice for her family remains undimmed and our thoughts are very much with Aya’s loved ones.

“I would like to thank those who have come forward to assist the investigation so far and I would continue to ask that anyone who has any information, however insignificant they may think it is, to get in touch.”

A police presence remains in the area around the shooting whilst enquiries continue.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism-related or a racially-motivated.

Any information or video footage can be sent to the major incident portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020120E05-PO1

Anybody with any other information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 0412 of May 18, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.