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‘Hail of pellets’ shot from moving car in Nottinghamshire street

A man and two teenagers have spent the night behind bars after police received multiple calls of a suspected BB gun being fired.

Police had been investigating reports of a BB gun being fired by someone in a moving car since Saturday (24 June) in the Newark area.

Officers out on patrol spotted a car driving along Bowbridge Road, Newark, at around 2.50pm, yesterday (Sunday 25 June) before stopping the car suspecting it to be involved in the recent incidents in the county.

Following a search of the car, two BB guns and pellets were uncovered, and a small amount of cannabis.

A 52-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug driving, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, and possession of an air weapon with intent to cause fear of violence.

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An 18-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A woman, aged 19, was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis, possession of heroin, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

All three remain in custody while inquiries continue.

None of the victims reported any serious injuries.

Detective Inspector Simon Harrison, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thanks to a detailed investigation by officers we were able to stop a vehicle we believed was connected with multiple reports of people being fired at by a BB gun and arrest three people.

“We take all reports of firearms offences extremely seriously.

“You may think using a pellet gun isn’t as dangerous – but these weapons can cause severe and lasting injuries, and we will always do everything we can to find anyone responsible for endangering our communities.

“There’s no excuse for this sort of behaviour and placing innocent members of the public in harm’s way.

“We’re still carrying out a thorough investigation into these reports but would ask anyone who may have any information to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 447 of 25 June 2023, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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