North East Wales

Wepre Park shooting: Girl, 16 shot with pellet gun

A 16-year-old girl has been shot with a pellet gun while walking her dog in a Flintshire park, police have said.

She was hit shortly after picking up the dog in Wepre Park near Connah's Quay by one of a group of men who were ahead of her on a path.

The teenager is recovering in hospital after the incident which happened between 14:00 and 14:30 GMT on Saturday.

North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses.

The incident happened as the girl and her dog took a path towards the castle, a spokesperson said.

'Rare' incident

She saw the group of four or five men and bent down to pick up the dog and, as she stood up, she saw one of them point a gun in her direction.

The girl felt a sharp pain and the men ran off.

The teenager returned home and was later taken to hospital for treatment where she is continuing to recover.

Det Insp Tim Green said: "We would like to reassure members of the community that incidents of this nature are rare and we would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward."

Witnesses or anyone with any information should contact police on 101, quoting reference RC14030933, or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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