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Boy, 12, shot in air gun attack in Norwich's Bluebell Road

PUBLISHED: 10:24 09 October 2011 | UPDATED: 18:45 09 October 2011

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was hurt after he was shot by an airgun.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was hurt after he was shot by an airgun.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

A boy had to be taken to hospital after he was shot in the arm in an airgun attack in a Norwich street.

And police are investigating whether the shooting is linked to two other incidents in Bluebell Road, where the windows of two vehicles were smashed by unknown objects.

Police received a call at about 1.10pm on Saturday from the father of a 12-year-old boy who had been hit in the arm by an airgun pellet.

The boy’s father said his son had been in Bluebell Road when he was shot. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.

And police are trying to establish if the attack on the boy is linked to attacks on a bus and a van in the west Norwich street, one of which left a van driver needing treatment after he was showered with glass.

The driver of the white van had to be treated by paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service after they were called just before 12.40pm.

An unknown object also smashed the window of a bus which was travelling down Bluebell Road, although nobody was hurt.

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “It is unsure what was thrown at the vehicles and a man received a minor facial injury. Following treatment by paramedics, he did not need to go to hospital.

“This is a very dangerous and despicable act and someone could have easily been seriously injured.”

A police spokesman stressed these were “isolated incidents” and said they were following lines of enquiry.

But they also appealed for anyone who saw the attacks, or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in or around Bluebell Road on Saturday to get in touch.

Anybody who can help should call Bethel Street CID on 0845 4564567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

• Were you affected by the attacks? Call Evening News reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

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