Family of teen girl hit by pellet call for restrictions on air guns

THE family of a teenage girl from the Staffordshire Moorlands shot in the face have started a petition calling for tighter regulations on the use of air guns.

A pellet struck 14-year-old Faith Tatton just below the eye as she was out walking with friends at Tittesworth Reservoir six weeks ago on Thursday, June 25.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity at the time at around 4pm.

The incident has had a traumatic effect of Faith who has since been too frightened to venture outside her Leek home.

A £1,000 reward is being offered by Faith's family for information leading to the identity of the culprit.

The money has been raised with help from the local community.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said said: “This was a horrible experience for the girl.

“The investigation into those responsible has been extensive but we’re still keen to speak to anyone who was at Tittesworth Reservoir around the time of the incident.”

Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter, quoting incident number 589 of June 25, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

* At present, in England and Wales, you do not require a licence to own most air guns.

However, owners have to be at least 14 years old, although you cannot buy one until you are 18.

You can shoot on private land if you have permission, but it is illegal to shoot within 15m of a road if it would cause nuisance or danger.

And pellets must not leave the land where you have permission to shoot.

Under 14s must be supervised by an adult over 21.



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