Girl shot in play area attack

PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:21 29 August 2012




A GIRL was shot in the leg during a targeted attack at a Worle play area.

The youngster needed hospital treatment for the injury, thought to be caused by an air rifle.

Police revealed at a North Worle Local Action Team (LAT) meeting how they had attended the incident, which had happened in the past month at Castle Batch, off Magdalen Way.

Officers say the attack was not random, but did not specify on which date it occurred or any details of the victim.

Only last month the Mercury revealed how youths are reportedly pulling their trousers down and exposing themselves to women and children and throwing excrement at each other in the children’s play area.

The area used to be a magnet for antisocial behaviour, but things had become quieter over the past few years.

The revamped community and children’s centre opened in 2011 at the site, but community leaders have reportedly told of now feeling ‘threatened’ by youths gathering.

PCSO Jan Jenkins told North Worle LAT the Batch is considered to be one of the main priority areas officers monitor while on patrol.

There is a dedicated police car that visits ‘hotspots’ and responds specifically to antisocial behaviour calls every evening.

Over the past month there have been 165 calls to the police regarding North Worle. A dozen of those calls related specifcally to Castle Batch.

Police say there have also been a number of incidents where bikes have been taken from garages and a few dog bites.

Anyone with information about any crimes in the area should call the police on the non-emergency 101 number or dial 999 in an emergency.

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