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Oxford girl, 13, shot in eye with BB gun

Alissa Page
Image caption Alissa Page's injuries are not serious but she was left "terrified", her mother said

A 13-year-old girl had to be taken to hospital after being shot in the eye with an air weapon.

Alissa Page was outside the youth club in Underhill Circus in Barton, Oxford, at about 1345 BST on Monday when she was shot with a BB gun.

She was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in the city, but her injuries are not thought to be serious.

Her mother Tanya Thompson said it had been an "horrific experience" for her daughter.

She said: "She was terrified. She screamed for someone to get an ambulance.

"I wasn't with her but I got to the hospital as fast as I could. All I heard was that she'd been shot in the eye and I was expecting all sorts. I was terrified."

Mrs Thompson said the BB ammunition hit the iris in her eye and bounced off.

Alissa has been discharged from hospital and is now now recovering at home from bruising.

"Carrying and using this type of weapon in a public place is a serious offence and one that is taken very seriously," said Pc Jamie Thornton.

He added: "This type of incident is highly unusual for the estate and appears to be an isolated case."

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