Warning - ‘Shooters take care’

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North Yorkshire Police are urging shooters to make sure that they take care when out shooting after accidents in the county in the last week.

The first incident happened during an organised shoot last Saturday in Strensall when a 46-year-old local man was struck in the face by a number of pellets. He was treated at York District Hospital for minor injuries before being released.

The second incident happened the following day at 11.35am on an organised shoot taking place on land at a farm in the Selby area.

A 46-year-old man from Rotherham was hit in the leg. He suffered superficial injuries which were treated at Doncaster hospital.

Although at this stage there is no suggestion that any offences have been committed, in both cases the guns, belonging to the people who discharged them, have been seized by the police while officers investigate the exact circumstances of the incidents.

Dave Coutts, Head of Firearms’ Licensing, said: “Thankfully, neither of the people injured in these incidents was seriously harmed.

“However, the consequences could have been far more serious.

“Shooters need to make sure that they are aware of what is happening around them and that their guns are never pointed in anyone else’s direction.

For shotgun safety, visit www.basc.org.uk”