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Man shoots children’s author in head ‘before dying in motorcycle crash minutes later’

A children's author has been shot in the head by an attacker who is understood have died minutes later in a motorcycle accident.

Police say a 42-year-old man, reported to be parish councillor and writer James Nash, is in a critical condition in hospital following the incident at a home in Upper Enham, a hamlet near Andover, in Hampshire.

A 40-year-old woman was also assaulted and suffered minor injuries.

Image: The shooting happened in MacCallum Road, in the rural Hampshire hamlet of Upper Enham. Pic: Google Maps

A statement issued by Hampshire Police said a motorcycle failed to stop in connection with the attack.

And the force said that shortly after the shooting at around 3pm on Wednesday, a motorbike crashed on the A343 near Hurstbourne Tarrant – a village less than three miles away.

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The motorcyclist, a 34-year-old man, died at the scene.

"While enquiries into the incident in Upper Enham are at an early stage, detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in this investigation," the statement from Hampshire Police said.

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It added that next-of-kin had been informed of the death and that "formal identification procedures are ongoing".

Phil North, leader of Test Valley Borough Council said he had been briefed by police.

In a Facebook post he said that officers are "confident that the deceased suspect is responsible".

The Andover Advertiser reported that Mr Nash is an active councillor who was heavily involved with the local community.

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