Shock as airgun pellet is fired at Gosport office window

SHOCKED Nicky Patterson, from Clipper Ventures, who had what she thinks is an airgun pellet fired through her office window, inset.
SHOCKED Nicky Patterson, from Clipper Ventures, who had what she thinks is an airgun pellet fired through her office window, inset.
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A SHOCKED worker says she could have been blinded after someone fired what is thought to be an airgun pellet at her office window.

Nicky Patterson was sitting at her desk in the Clipper Ventures office in Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport, when she was suddenly showered with glass.

The damaged window at Clipper Ventures in Gosport

The damaged window at Clipper Ventures in Gosport

The object left a circular hole in the window pane and sent fragments of glass flying across the 40-year-old’s desk.

She said: ‘I was pretty scared and shaken up.

‘I was sitting at my desk and I heard a noise like something hitting cardboard.

‘Then there was glass absolutely everywhere. If I wasn’t looking away from the window it could have blinded me.

‘I got up and ran to go outside but as I got to the door I realised it probably wasn’t a good idea to go out by myself.’

Nicky called for help from a colleague in a nearby office but neither of them could see anybody outside.

The attack happened at 9am on Friday.

After searching the office, nobody was able to find the object that smashed through the window.

The chairman of Clipper Ventures, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said: ‘The moment I came into the office they told me about it and obviously I was very concerned.

‘We’re not the only people here, there’s lots of people living nearby and of course it’s totally dangerous. Nicky was very shaken up and we’re going to see about getting a blind up there now.

‘We all know how dangerous guns are. I think it was something more powerful than an air pistol because it has come through with a lot of power.’

Police say they have not found any witnesses or CCTV footage. Anyone with information should call Gosport police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Clipper Ventures are the company behind the Clipper Round the World yacht race.