Birmingham & Black Country

West Midlands Police figures show 115 injured by firearms

Up to 115 people in the West Midlands were injured in firearms incidents over the last year, police figures show.

The data, from a Freedom of Information request by BBC WM, covered 1 April 2011 to 31 March this year.

The victims were shot by firearms including hand guns, air rifles, ball bearing guns and stun guns.

The highest figure was for Birmingham west and central police unit, which covers the city centre, where there were 22 shootings over those 12 months.

The figures indicate that on average two people are being injured every week.

Incidents recorded in other areas include 18 firearms incidents in Wolverhampton, 12 in Sandwell, nine in Walsall and Dudley and five in Solihull.

They occurred in the West Midlands Police force area.

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