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08 August 2020 12:39

James Nash

Children's author shot in his own home dies

A "kind-hearted" Hampshire children's author and parish councillor who was shot during a daytime attack at his home has died, local leaders have said. The victim, named locally as James Nash, 42, suffered serious head injuries in the attack in the Hampshire village of Upper Enham on Wednesday afternoon. Posting on Facebook, he said: "It has been confirmed this evening that the victim of the Upper Enham shooting on Wednesday, local resident James Nash, has now sadly died. "This is such devastating news, not just for his family and friends who will obviously miss him terribly, but for the whole community of Enham Alamein where he was a public representative. Mr Nash served as the vice chairman of Enham Alamein Parish Council, and a 40-year-old woman was also assaulted during the incident and suffered minor injuries, said Hampshire Police.

Mr North added: "As a talented children's author and illustrator, I was extremely touched last year when one of the dedications in his latest book was to my newborn daughter, Eleanor-Ivy Mae. Police have said, that while investigations are at an early stage, they "do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in this investigation". The suspect – named in reports as Alex Sartain – is believed to have initially fled the scene on foot before trying to get away on a motorbike, but then he fatally crashed on an A-road about three miles away from the shooting site after officers gave chase. Hampshire Police said officers "also attended an address in Enham Alamein as part of this investigation". A statement added: "Officers were called to an address in MacCallum Road, Upper Enham, at 3.01pm on Wednesday August 5, following a report of an assault on a man. "While inquiries into the incident in Upper Enham are at an early stage, detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in this investigation." James Nash was shot in the head by his home in Hampshire on Wednesday (Pictures: Solent News) A 'kind-hearted' children's author and parish councillor who was blasted in the head during a 'horrific shooting' at his home has died, his family and local leaders have said.

Alex Sartain, 34, attacked James Nash with a handmade gun by his thatched cottage in Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon. Tributes flooded in on Friday night after Mr Nash's family and council colleagues confirmed he tragically died from his 'brutal' injuries at Southampton General Hospital. Phil North, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, said: 'This is such devastating news, not just for his family and friends, who will obviously miss him terribly but for the whole community of Enham Alamein where he was public representative. 'As a talented children's author and illustrated, I was extremely touched last year when one of the dedications in his latest book was to my new born daughter Eleanor-Ivy Mae. We will always treasure our copy. Children's author and parish councillor James Nash died from his injuries (Picture: Andover Advertiser/Solent News) Police said the 34-year-old who carried out the attack died three miles away after crashing his motorbike during a chase.

A children's author and parish councillor who was shot during a daytime attack outside his home by a motorbike gunman has died. Named locally as James Nash, 42, the author suffered serious head injuries during the daytime attack in the Hampshire village of Upper Enham on Wednesday afternoon. A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said a murder investigation has been launched following Mr Nash's death in hospital. According to the Andover Advertiser, the victim's mum Gillian Nash said on Friday: "Very sadly I have to tell you that James Nash died of his brutal injuries today. A force spokesman today said: "A man who was shot during an incident in Upper Enham has died.

"James Nash, 42, from Upper Enham, sustained serious head injuries following the shooting outside his home. On Friday evening, Phil North, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, said that Mr Nash had died of his injuries. Posting on Facebook, he said: "It has been confirmed this evening that the victim of the Upper Enham shooting on Wednesday, local resident James Nash, has now sadly died. North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse described it as "tragic and profoundly sad news". A 40-year-old woman was also assaulted during the incident and suffered minor injuries, Hampshire Police said.

Mr North added: "As a talented children's author and illustrator, I was extremely touched last year when one of the dedications in his latest book was to my newborn daughter, Eleanor-Ivy Mae. "My thoughts tonight though are with James' family and friends and the people of Enham Alamein." The suspect, who is believed to have initially fled the scene on foot before trying to get away on a motorbike, fatally crashed on an A-road around three miles away from the shooting site after officers gave chase. Hampshire Police said officers "also attended an address in Enham Alamein as part of this investigation". A statement added: "Officers were called to an address in MacCallum Road, Upper Enham, at 3.01pm on Wednesday August 5, following a report of an assault on a man. "While inquiries into the incident in Upper Enham are at an early stage, detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in this investigation." A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said the force has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). A children's author who was shot in broad daylight outside his home has died, local leaders have said. The victim, named locally as James Nash, suffered serious head injuries during the attack in Upper Enham - a leafy village near Andover, Hampshire - at around 3pm on Wednesday. Mr Nash, 42, who was also a local parish councillor, was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Posting on Facebook on Friday, Test Valley Borough Council leader Cllr Phil North said: "It has been confirmed this evening that the victim of the Upper Enham shooting on Wednesday, local resident James Nash, has now sadly died. "This is such devastating news, not just for his family and friends who will obviously miss him terribly, but for the whole community of Enham Alamein where he was a public representative. North West Hampshire Tory MP Kit Malthouse described it as "tragic and profoundly sad news". "James's family will be devastated and they are in all our thoughts tonight," he said in a post on Facebook. Image: The shooting happened in MacCallum Road, in the rural Hampshire hamlet of Upper Enham. The suspected attacker died in a police chase after trying to flee on a motorcycle. "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," a statement from Hampshire Police added. Tributes have been paid to a children's author and parish councillor who has died in hospital after being shot during a daytime attack at his Hampshire home. James Nash was shot in the head by his thatched cottage on Wednesday afternoon, with locals naming mechanic Alex Sartain as the attacker. Mr Nash, 42, lived at the property in Upper Enham with his wife Sarah, 40, who also suffered injuries. His family confirmed that Mr Nash had died from his injuries at Southampton General Hospital. Very sadly I have to tell you that James Nash died of his brutal injuries. Detectives continue to investigate the shooting of the man, whose suspected attacker died in a police chase after trying to flee on a motorcycle. Phil North, leader of Test Valley borough council, said: "This is such devastating news, not just for his family and friends who will obviously miss him terribly, but for the whole community of Enham Alamein where he was a public representative. Kit Malthouse, the Tory MP for North West Hampshire, described the death as "tragic and profoundly sad news". "James's family will be devastated and they are in all our thoughts tonight," he said on Facebook. Online council records gave Mr Nash's address as Holly Tree Cottage in MacCallum Road, where the attack took place at about 3pm. Mr North earlier sought to reassure residents of the area, telling them officers were confident that Sartain, 34, was the attacker involved in the incident. Sartain is believed to have initially fled the scene on foot before trying to get away on a motorbike, before fatally crashing on an A-road about three miles away from the shooting site after officers gave chase. A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said the force has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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