Home of ex-Premier League footballer Fitzroy Simpson is targeted by gunman who OPENED FIRED at the property before fleeing: Police helicopter and dog unit are deployed in hunt for suspect
- A gunman fired at the home of ex-Premier League player Fitzroy Simpson, 52
- The suspect fled before armed police arrived at the house in Swindon, Wiltshire
- Simpson played for Manchester City from 1992 to 1995; and retired in 2008
- Today he was seen visiting his neighbour as a police cordon remain in place
Armed police descended on an ex-Premier League footballer’s home yesterday after it was fired upon by a gunman who fled the scene.
Officers were called to the detached home of Fitzroy Simpson, 52, in Swindon, Wiltshire, at 8.15pm yesterday.
It followed reports of a gun had been fired at the scene. A police helicopter and dog unit were deployed, but no suspect was located.
The house, the garden and a large green space behind the property were all cordoned off as detectives worked at the scene.
Today, a police search dog was drafted into to comb the area for a weapon – but nothing of note was located.
A police cordon remains in place outside ex-Premier League player Fitzroy Simpson’s home in Swindon, Wiltshire, after reports of a firearm being discharged yesterday evening
Fitzroy Simpson, 52, played for Manchester City from 1992 to 1995 and internationally for Jamaica. He retired in 2008
Simpson was pictured outside his home today, which was surrounded by police tape. He was seen on his mobile phone but did not comment about the incident.
He was then picked up by another male in a black Lamborghini and driven off.
Simpson played in the Premier League for Manchester City from 1992 to 1995, represented Jamaica internationally and retired from football in 2008.
The former midfielder and left back had started his career with Swindon Town before being transferred to Premier League side Manchester City in the 1992-93 season for £500,000. After a couple of seasons he struggled to stay in the first eleven, so went on loan to Bristol City and was finally transferred to Portsmouth, where he played until 1999.
Simpson also won 43 caps for Jamaica from 1997 to 2003 and scored three goals. He represented the ‘Reggae Boyz’ in all three group stage matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Simpson captained his final international match.
Further spells followed at Heart of Midlothian and Walsall before he continued his career in non-league football ahead of his retirement from the game in 2008.
He is currently listed as an active director for F S Sports Management Ltd, a role he has held since January 2019, with Watermead being listed as his correspondence address.
Police were unable to recover a firearm from the surrounding area, despite extensive searches. Their inquiries are ongoing
Simpson was seen emerging from the back gate of his home to avoid the police crime scene on his front doorstep. He visited a neighbour’s address for about 20 minutes before returning home.
At around 12.30pm today, his friend arrived outside his home in a black Lamborghini, greeting Simpson with a hug before they left the area together in the vehicle.
Neighbours described him as a ‘lovely man’ and said the incident is ‘not what they expect’ because he ‘keeps himself to himself’ and is ‘loved by all his neighbours’.
A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called to an address in Stratton shortly after 8.15pm yesterday evening, following reports of what was believed to be a firearm being discharged in the area.
‘Firearms officers attended and extensive area searches and house to house enquiries were conducted.
‘Enquiries remain ongoing. No firearms were located.’
Anyone with information is urged to call 101 and quote log number 279 of December 13.’
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