THIS WEEK IN 1987: City sniper hunted after rifle attack

Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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A gunman was being hunted in Portsmouth police today after a terrified schoolboy was shot with an air rifle.

Twelve-year-old Robert Singleton suffered bruising and was badly shaken after being hit in the back by a pellet.

Police also received other reports of gunshots in the Buckland area.

One man who had a close shave told police he heard a shot ring out and sensed a pellet ‘whizzing past’ him.

Police believed that the incidents were linked.