Girl accidentally shot in head with air rifle in mid-Suffolk village

Girl taken to hospital after air rifle incident

Girl taken to hospital after air rifle incident - Credit: IAN BURT

A young girl has survived being accidentally shot in the head in a mid-Suffolk village after a boy discharged an air rifle.

The incident occurred at a property near Stowmarket shortly after noon on Boxing Day.

However, due to the accidental nature of the incident Suffolk Constabulary has said the matter will not result in any prosecution.

The girl who was injured was taken to hospital in Bury St Edmunds, before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Paramedics were not called as the youngster was driven to hospital by her parents.


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She is understood to be under 10 years of age.

Although a pellet struck her in the head, it is not believed to have penetrated her skull.

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After she received treatment for her injuries she was allowed to return home.

The boy involved is understood to be a few years older than the girl.

Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “Police were contacted around 12.15pm on Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, to reports that a young girl had been shot by a boy with an air rifle at an address near Stowmarket.

“The girl had been taken to the West Suffolk Hospital by her parents and she was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s for further checks, but her injuries are not thought to be life-changing.

“Officers attended and spoke to the parents of both children involved and this is believed to have been an accident.”

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