Father in court on five attempted murder charges.

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A FATHER appeared in court yesterday (Wednesday) charged with the attempted murder of five people.

Joseph Upton (38), of Murrow Lane, Parson Drove, Wisbech is accused of trying to kill five people in a shooting on the A47 close to Guyhirn in November.

Flanked by two security guards and appearing behind glass, he attended Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

In a 20-minute hearing, Upton spoke only to confirm his name and address and correct his date of birth.

Wearing a green jumper with England written on the back, a St George cross shield on the front and white stripes on the sleeves, he looked blank throughout the proceedings other than to shake his head when he was refused bail.

He was charged late on Tuesday evening by police before his court appearance where magistrates remanded him in custody until January 3 when he will appear at Cambridge Crown Court.

Upton is accused of attempting to kill five people who were in two cars.

It was alleged that a shotgun was fired at an Audi A4, with Matthew Gray and Aaron Brown inside.

It is also claimed that a Peugeot car containing Tiffany Brown, Sue Brown and Chanelle Brazil was also fired at.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, told the court: “Mr Brown certainly received pellet wounds to his face and upper body.”

The incident, in the early hours of Saturday, November 19, shocked nearby residents and prompted a major police investigation.

It forced the closure of a long stretch of the A47 for most of the day.