Police piece together equestrian-centre shooting

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policePolice are piecing together the circumstances around a double-fatality at a Scottish equestrian centre.

The owner of Meadowhead House Farm and Stables, Peter Thompson, 59, was found dead at the property. His son, John, 36, an electrician, had raised the alarm after fleeing the scene by car on Tuesday morning after being shot in the legs.

He drove to a pub about three kilometres away, before being taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride.

Police converged on the farm, at Auldhouse, near East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, where they found the body of Peter Thompson.

Nearby, in a vehicle, was the body of a 53-year-old man.

Police stressed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Local media reports say the man in the car was the suspected gunman.

Superintendent Elaine Ferguson said: “We are not looking for anybody else in relation to this incident and all the firearms are contained to that farm and there is no danger to the public.”

Ferguson said police would work toward finding out exactly what the circumstances were that led to the shooting.

Meadowhead Farm is an equestrian centre that offers riding lessons, livery and treks.

Local media reports suggested Peter Thompson had been involved in several run-ins with nearby residents over the use of landfill on his farm. The East Kilbride News reported that he was fined £10,000 last April for illegal dumping.

The trucks delivering the fill had been a source of consternation to some nearby residents, it was reported.

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