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Boy has pellet removed from skin after being "shot at" by airgun in Cranleigh

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Boy has pellet removed from skin after being "shot at" by airgun in Cranleigh

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:56pm 11th January 2020.

Police say they are investigating after a youngster was hit with a small pellet in Cranleigh on Thursday (9 January).

The pellet, which officers think could have been fired from an air rifle or airsoft gun, had to be removed from the boy's skin.

A warning has also been issued by the force that misuse of such weapons can cause very serious injuries, criminal damage and lead to a criminal record.

It follows several similar reports recently, including ball bearings being shot by catapults, in the Waverley borough - including in Farnham.

Officers added there would be increased patrols in the area in response to these incidents.

In a statement on Facebook Surrey Police said:

“Last night we had a report of a much smaller pellet being shot at a young person in Cranleigh.

“The pellet lodged under his skin and had to be removed by a medical professional.

“Thankfully he will be OK, but the consequences could have been far worse.

“At the moment we are keeping an open mind as to how this happened (we cannot say for certain that he was deliberately targeted - though that is one line of enquiry), and we are not linking it with the Farnham incidents.

“If someone you know has any sort of weapon able to fire pellets or ball bearings (particularly if it is new to them), please can we urge you to have a chat to them about responsible use of the weapon.”

Anyone who has information about pellets being fired in Cranleigh over the last few days, particularly in the Woodland Close/Ewhurst Road area, is asked to call 101 – quoting PR/45200003500.