Wiltshire

Swindon man speaks about paintball gun attack

A Swindon man has spoken of the "terrible pain" he suffered when he was shot in the face with a paintball gun.

The victim, Tony Blackburn, was struck after someone fired the gun from a passing car after midnight on Saturday near Alba Close and Bridge End Road.

The 25-year-old, who has learning difficulties, was treated in hospital to clean his eyes of the oily paint.

Doctors have said if the pellet had directly struck his eyes, Mr Blackburn would have been blinded.

"I can't see nothing, my eyes were blurry, I was rubbing my eyes, I raised my arm and asked if someone can help me," said Mr Blackburn.

"The police dropped me to hospital and my family was there.

"I was scared, it gave me a shock, I was in terrible pain and it was the noise."

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