Boy, 13, reprimanded after shooting girl in the face

The girl who was injured by the BB gun

The girl who was injured by the BB gun

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A 13-YEAR-OLD thug was reprimanded by police after he shot a young girl in the face with a BB gun while out playing with his friends.

The girl suffered facial injuries, with the pellet striking her near her right eye, and was left shocked by the incident at around 5pm on Saturday in Green Park near Torun Way.

The police were called and response officers attended to find the victim with her friends, while one of the group of boys returned to the scene with his father to apologise.

He was given strong words of advice and was dealt with by local resolution – a non-criminal approach – at the behest of the victim. The gun was described as bright orange.

A police spokesman said: “A 13-year-old boy has been reprimanded after he shot at a girl with a BB gun at the weekend. The girl was hit close to her eye while she was in the Green Park near Torun Way, Haydon End.

“The victim was in the park with her friends when it was reported a group of boys had assaulted them with a BB gun and an orange-coloured Nerf gun.” Officers attended the scene and one of the boys turned up with his dad to apologise. He was spoken to and dealt with by local resolution, which was ok with the victim.

“We would appeal to parents and carers who allow children to have these toys to make them aware of the potential dangers, and ensure they do not fire them in public places.

“We would remind members of the public that any weapon can pose a real risk of injury.

“Toy guns which are bought for recreational purposes can be dangerous and any threatening, reckless or criminal incident involving one will be treated seriously by Wiltshire Police.”

It is not the first time an imitation firearm has harmed innocent bystanders in the town, as in April 2012 barman Tony Blackford was shot in the face by a gang of youths performing drive-by shootings with a paintball gun.

Aaron White, then 20 of Westmorland Road, was jailed for a year for the offence last January.

Wiltshire Police firearms officers regularly tour schools to talk about the dangers of knives and guns under the force’s FAKE programme. In it they warn of the dangers of carrying weapons and demonstrate the police response to such incidents where there is a realistic looking imitation firearm.

Anyone worried or unsure of the law around imitiation firearms can visit www.wiltshire.police.uk

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9:02am Thu 6 Mar 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

This is not the last time we will hear from this cretin.
This is not the last time we will hear from this cretin. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

dukeofM4 says...

To call the Nerf gun a BB gun is incorrect. If you look online, it shoots long cylindrical foam pellets. Whilst not designed to shoot a someone's eye, equally it was design not to cause injury as well. The photo could have been a bite from mossies as well.

This should have been dealt with by the parents without police involvement. The victim could have suffered more injury by someone stepping hard on your toe at Tesco's or being tripped up accidentally somewhere.

The Advert must be struggling for news to cover this story twice in as many days.
To call the Nerf gun a BB gun is incorrect. If you look online, it shoots long cylindrical foam pellets. Whilst not designed to shoot a someone's eye, equally it was design not to cause injury as well. The photo could have been a bite from mossies as well. This should have been dealt with by the parents without police involvement. The victim could have suffered more injury by someone stepping hard on your toe at Tesco's or being tripped up accidentally somewhere. The Advert must be struggling for news to cover this story twice in as many days. dukeofM4
  • Score: -11

2:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
To call the Nerf gun a BB gun is incorrect. If you look online, it shoots long cylindrical foam pellets. Whilst not designed to shoot a someone's eye, equally it was design not to cause injury as well. The photo could have been a bite from mossies as well.

This should have been dealt with by the parents without police involvement. The victim could have suffered more injury by someone stepping hard on your toe at Tesco's or being tripped up accidentally somewhere.

The Advert must be struggling for news to cover this story twice in as many days.
Suggest you read the article properly, specifically:

“The victim was in the park with her friends when it was reported a group of boys had assaulted them with a BB gun and an orange-coloured Nerf gun.”

There is no sane or logical reason that I can think of for a 13 year old boy having a BB gun in a public location.
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: To call the Nerf gun a BB gun is incorrect. If you look online, it shoots long cylindrical foam pellets. Whilst not designed to shoot a someone's eye, equally it was design not to cause injury as well. The photo could have been a bite from mossies as well. This should have been dealt with by the parents without police involvement. The victim could have suffered more injury by someone stepping hard on your toe at Tesco's or being tripped up accidentally somewhere. The Advert must be struggling for news to cover this story twice in as many days.[/p][/quote]Suggest you read the article properly, specifically: “The victim was in the park with her friends when it was reported a group of boys had assaulted them with a BB gun and an orange-coloured Nerf gun.” There is no sane or logical reason that I can think of for a 13 year old boy having a BB gun in a public location. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 6

6:23pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Localboy86 says...

If it was my little girl I would have removed the little scrotes trigger finger
If it was my little girl I would have removed the little scrotes trigger finger Localboy86
  • Score: 7

10:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SAM2WIN says...

Localboy86 wrote:
If it was my little girl I would have removed the little scrotes trigger finger
I'd remove the little scrotes Scrotum ( with contents )
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: If it was my little girl I would have removed the little scrotes trigger finger[/p][/quote]I'd remove the little scrotes Scrotum ( with contents ) SAM2WIN
  • Score: 2

11:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

dukeofM4 says...

@Grumpy old man - Point accepted, it was overlooked as I read. If I was the child's father, the BB gun would have only be used and accessible in my presence to head off such an event. Obviously kid's father involved either didn't see the danger or 'over' trusted his son.

In some ways it is any worse than the potential injury from darts? The father should have given the child the health warning.
@Grumpy old man - Point accepted, it was overlooked as I read. If I was the child's father, the BB gun would have only be used and accessible in my presence to head off such an event. Obviously kid's father involved either didn't see the danger or 'over' trusted his son. In some ways it is any worse than the potential injury from darts? The father should have given the child the health warning. dukeofM4
  • Score: -2

10:35am Fri 7 Mar 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
@Grumpy old man - Point accepted, it was overlooked as I read. If I was the child's father, the BB gun would have only be used and accessible in my presence to head off such an event. Obviously kid's father involved either didn't see the danger or 'over' trusted his son.

In some ways it is any worse than the potential injury from darts? The father should have given the child the health warning.
Do people generally carry darts around to use as a weapon then?

I'll ask again. What possible reason or justification could there be for a 13 year old boy having an offensive weapon in a public location?
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: @Grumpy old man - Point accepted, it was overlooked as I read. If I was the child's father, the BB gun would have only be used and accessible in my presence to head off such an event. Obviously kid's father involved either didn't see the danger or 'over' trusted his son. In some ways it is any worse than the potential injury from darts? The father should have given the child the health warning.[/p][/quote]Do people generally carry darts around to use as a weapon then? I'll ask again. What possible reason or justification could there be for a 13 year old boy having an offensive weapon in a public location? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 1

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