Two arrested following ‘seemingly random’ spate of air gun shootings - The Rugby Observer

Two arrested following ‘seemingly random’ spate of air gun shootings

Rugby Editorial 19th Apr, 2021   0

TWO men have been arrested after a spate of ‘seemingly random’ shootings with air guns across Stratford and Rugby.

There were six reported offences in Stratford upon Avon, whereby shots were fired from a white van causing minor injuries to members of the public and damage to property.

A further incident took place in Rugby on Thursday afternoon (April 15). A 24 year old man from Solihull and an 18 year old man from Shipston on Stour were apprehended and arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms offences, criminal damage and common assault.

On April 9, an upstairs window in a property at Masons Road, Stratford, was damaged by an air pellet.

At around 2.45pm, a woman was shot in the leg with an air pellet whilst walking with her husband, also in Masons Road.

Later that day, damage was sustained to the window of a vehicle parked at Masons Garage in the same road.

The following day, a man sustained minor injuries after being shot in the leg with a ball bearing gun by a passenger of a white van, while cycling in Wellesbourne toward Newbold Pacey at around 3pm.

On April 13, a cyclist received minor injuries when shot with an air pellet outside the Rosebird Centre in Stratford at around 6.20pm.

Later that day, an unoccupied house in Darlingscote Road, Shipston had its windows broken by an air pellet.

And on April 15, a woman was shot with a ball bearing gun in Butlers Leap, Rugby.

Police are appealing for witnesses and CCTV or dash-cam footage of the incidents.

Insp Ben Hembry said: “It is very fortunate that only minor injuries were sustained during these seemingly random assaults on members of our community.

“We are pleased that the swift actions taken by officers have resulted in identifying suspects. However, we are keen to gather any further evidence to aid our efforts to bring offenders to justice.”

Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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