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Woman injured in air gun drama

PUBLISHED: 11:05 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 05 July 2010

POLICE investigations were continuing this week in connection with an air gun incident in Lowestoft.

A 21-year-old woman was injured after she was struck with what officers believed to have been an air gun pellet.

POLICE investigations were continuing this week in connection with an air gun incident in Lowestoft.

A 21-year-old woman was injured after she was struck with what officers believed to have been an air gun pellet.

The Journal understands that one of the main seagull havens at Waveney Drive in the town had caused the drama, as someone was using an air rifle to warn off the gulls.

Feathers have been flying among residents of Lowestoft in recent months, who have bombarded The Journal with complaints about the seagulls - but it seems that a potentially disastrous incident happened last month.

Police press officer Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal: “We were called to Waveney Drive at 5.15pm on July 23 following a report that a young woman had been shot in the head.

“It appears that she was struck by what was thought to be an air gun pellet and she suffered a small wound behind her ear.”

A witness to the incident told The Journal that the young woman had been walking along the road with a child in a buggy when she was hit on the side of a head by a pellet.

“Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene and an air rifle was seized,” the witness said.

Police this week confirmed that a weapon had been subsequently “confiscated” and enquiries were “ongoing.”

“It was reported that someone was using an air gun to scare off the seagulls, and a weapon was seized,” Ms Breach told the Journal.

Residents talk of their feeling about the seagulls in the town.


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