Man appears in court charged in connection with shooting of man during football match in Northampton

A then-28 year-old man was shot and stabbed during the incident in Ecton Brook in 2019

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:34 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 10:32 am

A 22-year-old Northampton man was remanded in custody today, Thursday April 22, charged in connection with the shooting of a man during a football match in Northampton.

Harrison Rooney is charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence over the attack at Ecton Brook Playing Fields in July 2019.

The 22-year-old appeared before His Honour Judge Rupert Mayo at Northampton Crown Court and he was further remanded him in custody for a plea and trial preparation hearing on May 11.

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Police and the air ambulance at Ecton Brook Playing Fields after a man was shot and stabbed in July 2019
Police and the air ambulance at Ecton Brook Playing Fields after a man was shot and stabbed in July 2019

Rooney is understood to be the first person to appear in court relating to the Eastern District incident which shook the community.

A then-28 year-old man was shot and stabbed during the altercation on the playing fields off Pennycress Place and the A5076 Great Billing Way in Ecton Brook at about 11.40am on Sunday, July 21.

Two then-17 year-old boys and a 29-year-old man, all from Northampton, plus a 21-year-old man and a 16-year old boy, both of no fixed abode, were all arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and released on police bail at the time.