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York teenager shot with an air gun


2:47pm 14th December 2010

A York teenager has been shot with an air gun.

Police say the 15 year old boy was shot in Orchard Park in Huntington just over a fortnight ago.

The pellet penetrated through three layers of clothing and wounding him.

He wasn't serious injured, but officers have told Minster FM "if the pellet hit him in the face, the consequences do not bear thinking about."

They're now urging parents, with Christmas approaching, not to buy these weapons as toys.

Police Constable Jonathan Mansell, of York’s response Team, said:

“Firing any type of weapon at people is a reckless act of utter stupidity.

“The boy was not seriously injured through sheer good luck, as the pellet hit him through several layers of clothing.

“I urge anyone who knows anything about this shooting to contact me as soon as possible.”

“Parents need to remember that these are weapons not toys and that they can inflict serious injuries.

“When responding to firearms incidents we have to treat it very seriously. As a police force, we have a duty to protect members of the public and our officers. Every weapon being carried in these kind of incidents will be considered to be real until proven otherwise.

“These so-called 'toy' guns can appear very real to even the trained eye, so the risk of a tragic situation developing is much greater if people walk around the streets and act foolishly with BB guns and other replica weapons. You could find yourself facing officers with real guns."

Anyone who has any information that could help police with their enquiries is asked to contact  PC Jonathan Mansell, at York Police Station, on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100206468.

They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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