South East Wales

Gun pellet incident threatens Newport boy's sight in one eye

Police in Newport are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was left in danger of losing the sight in one eye in an incident with a pellet gun.

Gwent Police said it was called to an area behind Livale Road in Bettws, Newport, at 16:20 GMT on Sunday.

The boy, said to live locally, was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital and has since had surgery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 or crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Gwent Police said it was carrying out house to house inquiries in the area.

It said local officers were available to speak to any residents with information or concerns.

The officers are working closely with Gwent Police serious violent crime team as well as forensic officers to progress the investigation, said the force.

"These incidents thankfully are rare," said Supt Dave Johnson said.

"While it is not necessary to have a license for air weapons, these kinds of incidents highlight how dangerous they can be if used irresponsibly.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the young lad who was injured and we are urging the community to contact us with any information that can help us find the person responsible."

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