South East Wales

Monmouthshire BB-gun care worker could be struck off

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Image caption One firearm was a small gas-powered pellet pistol, often known as a BB-gun (library image)

A care worker faces being struck off for allowing a young boy with a history of "extreme violence" to shoot a ball-bearing gun near a home for children with behavioural problems.

The team leader also brought a .22 rifle into the Monmouthshire home, the Care Council for Wales hearing heard.

James Gurie denied failing to protect the safety of children in his care.

But all the charges against him were proven bar one by the disciplinary panel.

The hearing in Cardiff, which Mr Gurie is not attending, will meet again on Friday to rule on whether there has been misconduct and, if so, what sanctions should be taken.

The care council committee heard Mr Gurie allowed two boys to shoot a small gas pellet gun outside the home.

At one point, a window was shot to wake another boy, with staff finding two small holes in the glass.

The hearing was also told Mr Gurie brought another firearm into the home, a ".22 rifle gun" described as a "rifle with a mahogany stock and scope".

'Safety conscious'

However, the panel was told that in hindsight, he accepted: "I should not have taken the guns on the premises".

The panel heard the care worker had been taking one of the boys shooting for two years, with the permission of management.

During interviews prior to the hearing, Mr Gurie said he had been shooting for 30 years and regarded himself as a "shoot leader".

The care worker was dismissed from the home after the firearms allegations came to light.

Police have also revoked his licence to use a gun.

The panel found Mr Gurie failed to protect the welfare and safety of residents and colleagues.

The one allegation that was not proven was that he allowed two boys to shoot a small gas pellet gun outside the home, while he was inside watching TV.

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