Man Shot With Catapult In Christchurch

Officers in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot with a catapult.

The incident, in which a 21-year-old Bournemouth man was shot in the face and leg with a catapult by a passenger in a pickup truck, happened at the junction of Pig Shoot Lane and Hurn Court Lane at around 2..30pm on Wednesday, 19 October 2011.

The victim sustained bruising and a cut to his face.

Police Constable Steve Donaldson, of Christchurch police, said: “This was an unprovoked attack.

“The victim was cycling on a black BMX style bike along the road at the time of the incident.

“The offender, a white man, was the passenger in a silver of similar coloured pickup style truck. He got out of the vehicle to shoot at the cyclist.

“He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded top with a yellow square motif upon it.

“After the incident the victim was helped by a couple walking a dog.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this assault, and anyone who has any information about the man responsible, to contact me as soon as possible.

“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 19:306. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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