Two farmworkers from Keele have survived a shooting by a gang of Afghan immigrants.
The two workers, Paul Dale and Ashley Beech, were returning to their farm on Three Mile Lane, Keele on Saturday night (October 10) when they spotted people ‘lurking around’.
Police officers had previously arrested seven Afghan men as they jumped from their Hungarian lorry at Keele services, but several suspects escaped.
It is believed these suspects travelled across the fields to Racecourse Farm, Three Mile Lane.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "At around 10.30pm police were called to a farm in Three Mile Lane, Keele, after a farm worker disturbed a group of men in an outbuilding. The men ran off and the worker followed in a vehicle.
"It is reported that as they ran away one of the men fired a weapon at the worker."
The bullet hit the window of the vehicle and fortunately, no-one was injured in the incident.
Staffordshire Police said forensic examinations were being carried out on the vehicle and officers were working closely with the worker - who was unharmed in the incident.
It is believed there were six men, aged in their 20s or 30s and they are believed to be foreign nationals.
Chief Inspector Clare Riley, Newcastle Local Policing Team Commander, said: “Fortunately no-one was injured during this incident but we have taken the report seriously and carried out thorough inquiries to trace those involved, sadly with no result.
“A number of officers have carried out detailed searches of surrounding land, woodland and buildings. They also spoke to residents and carried out checks on three suspicious men seen in Madeley but it was established they were not connected to the incident.
“Colleagues from neighbouring forces and staff at Keele Services have been made aware and immigration are dealing with those arrested on Saturday morning.
"We can reassure residents that there have been no further sightings of the men but please report anything suspicious to us by calling 101."