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Boy shot with air weapon
Saturday 8th May, 2010

A 15-year-old boy narrowly missed losing an eye when thugs shot him in the face with an air weapon.

At about 7.40pm on Sunday 18 April 2010, the victim was playing with three friends at a pond, off Fisher Close, Worsley Mesnes.

He was suddenly hit in the face with an air pellet, just one inch away from his right eye. Neither the victim or his friends saw the shooter as the pond is surrounded by trees and undergrowth.

The boy was taken to Wigan Royal Infirmary where the pellet was removed three days later.

The victim and his friends recall seeing three men wearing camouflage and carrying an air rifle case earlier that evening in the area, but there is no evidence linking them to the incident.

PC Michael Dougill, based at Wigan, said: "This lad is very lucky in many ways - an inch to the left and he could have lost an eye.

"Air rifles are not toys and should never be pointed at another human being. Whoever did this obviously thought it would be fun to take pot shots at innocent people. I can assure the offender it will be no laughing matter when we catch up with them.

"The area, known locally as the Red Pond, is popular with dog walkers, people fishing, camping and is a regular haunt for people with air weapons.

"I am confident that someone would have seen the offender, or someone acting suspiciously in that area, and I would ask them to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Wigan on 0161 872 5050 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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