A MAN in his 20s sustained life-threatening injuries after being shot with a crossbow.

At around 2.15pm on Friday, July 12 in Mount Road, Thatcham, the victim was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

He remains there in a stable condition.

Investigating officer, detective inspector Dean Brown of Newbury Force CID, said: "We are currently investigating this incident and we would like anyone who witnessed it to come forward.

"The victim is now in a stable condition but his injuries are very serious.

"It happened in the afternoon, so we think that people in the area at the time may have seen something but perhaps didn't realise how important that information could be.

"Even if you think the information you have may be insignificant, it could be vital for this investigation so please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 43190212666, or make a report online.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.