Teenage boys arrested after 10 people shot at with airgun pellets in Hampshire

A BOY had to be taken to hospital for treatment after he was shot in the head with an airgun pellet.

Thursday, 21st February 2019, 8:41 am
Updated Thursday, 21st February 2019, 9:45 am
Ten people have reported being shot at by airgun pellets this week. (This is a generic picture)

The 16-year-old needed medical attention to have the pellet removed from the back of his head. 

Nine other people have also reported being shot at with airgun pellets during a spree of incidents in Silchester Road, Tadley, between Monday and Tuesday. 

Seven members of the public have reported struck by what they believe to be airgun pellets. 

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Another man reported a projectile moving past his head, which he believed to be an airgun pellet and a woman reported that the rucksack she was carrying, was hit by a pellet.

The driver of a Mini also reported his vehicle being struck by what he believed to be an airgun pellet.

The victims are: 

- A 13 year old boy from Pamber Heath who was hit on the back at 5.50pm on February 18.

- A 52 year old woman from Tadley, was hit on the leg at around 5.45pm. on February 18.

- A 51 year old man from Tadley was hit on the back at around 5.45pm on February 18.

- A 54 year old woman from Pamber Heath was hit on her right leg at around 6pm on February 18.

- A man (no age given) from Basingstoke was walking in Silchester Road between 3.40pm and 4pm on February 19, when he heard something go past his ear and believed something had been fired towards him.

- A 45 year old woman from Tadley, who was hit on the back at around 3pm and 4pm on February 19.

- A 57 year old woman from Pamber Heath who was carrying a rucksack, believed the rucksack was struck by a pellet between 3pm and 3.30pm on February 19.

- A 16 year old boy from Reading, who was hit on the back of the head between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on February 19. The boy was taken to hospital for the pellet to be removed.

- A 58 year old woman from Ashford Hill, who was hit on the neck and arms at 3.30pm on February 19.

On the evening of February 18, a black Mini car being driven by a 20 year old man from Tadley, was hit by an object, suspected to be an air pellet.

A 15 year old boy and a 14 year old boy, both from Tadley, have been arrested in relation to these incidents and remain in custody.

Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Martin Cullis said: ‘Our local teams are working closely with investigators to understand what led to this incident, to deal with those responsible and to prevent any reoccurrences.

‘We also have a number of officers carrying out extra patrols to provide reassurance in the local community.

‘If you have any concerns, or if you have any information, please speak to one of the officers, or your local neighbourhood policing team.

‘We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the last few days to get in contact with us on 101 and quote 44190059717.

‘Alternatively call Crimestoppers and leave information anonymously on 0800 555 111.’