Teenager Blinded After Shot At With Pellet Gun

A 15-year-old girl has lost her sight in one eye after she was hit by a pellet fired from an air gun in Bury.

Sometime between 6pm and 6.30pm on Saturday 30 July, the girl was struck in the eye on the Springs estate.

The injury was from a pellet, which had been shot from an air weapon

She was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries which are not life threatening.

It has now been confirmed that the girl has lost the sight in her eye and the eye may have to be removed.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and has been bailed until 26 September pending further police inquiries, which are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Vicky Shaw said: "This incident has led to some shocking, life-changing consequences for the victim.

"A thorough police investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the injury, but we are certain that it was caused by a pellet gun.

"We would like to remind residents of the dangers of using these weapons. Pellet guns are not toys.

"Even imitation weapons cause fear among communities as they often look and feel just like the real thing. People can be prosecuted for possessing an imitation firearm."