Teenage girl loses sight after pellet shot
Date published: 02 August 2011
A 15-year-old girl has lost the sight in one eye after pellet shots were fired in Bury.
Sometime between 6pm and 6.30pm on Saturday 30 July 2011, the girl was struck in the eye on the Springs estate in Bury.
The injury was from a pellet, which had been shot from an air weapon.
She was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries which are not life threatening.
It has now been confirmed that the girl has lost the sight in her eye, and the eye may have to be removed.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and has been bailed until 26 September 2011 pending further police inquiries, which are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Vicky Shaw said: “This incident has led to some shocking, life-changing consequences for the victim.
“A thorough police investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the injury, but we are certain that it was caused by a pellet gun.
“We would like to remind residents of the dangers of using these weapons. Pellet guns are not toys.
“Even imitation weapons cause fear among communities as they often look and feel just like the real thing. People can be prosecuted for possessing an imitation firearm.
“Greater Manchester Police works tirelessly to remove any type of guns from our streets, reduce gun-related crime and bring to justice those who either carry or use firearms.
“Anyone who has information about guns in their community should call police on 0161 872 5050, 999 in an emergency, the Xcalibre Organised Crime Unit on 0161 856 6479 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
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