Manchester

Pellet attack in Bury partially blinds girl

A teenage girl shot with a pellet gun in Greater Manchester has lost the sight in one eye.

The 15-year-old may have to have her eye removed after the incident in the Springs estate, Bury at about 18:00 BST on Saturday, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and has been released on bail.

Greater Manchester Police has appealed to anyone with any information about the incident to contact the force.

'Not toys'

Det Insp 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."

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