Selby homes under attack by airgun yobs

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Vandals have been condemned for firing air rifles at houses in Selby.

Police have warned that although no one was injured, the actions could have done serious harm.

A house in Bondgate and another in Wistow Road have both been targeted three times each over the last 12 months, and the culprits have not been caught.

The shootings have all taken place during daylight hours. The most recent happened just after 4pm on November 29 at the Bondgate house, while shots were fired at the Wistow Road house 45 minutes later.

Earlier incidents took place on September 10 and June 13 at Wistow Road, and on May 18 and January 14, 2011, at the Bondgate property.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said that although nobody had been injured, windows at the properties had been damaged, and there was potential for harm.

He said: “These were clearly acts of absolute stupidity. Firing any weapons at people’s homes could have dire consequences.

“Even if the air rifle pellet itself does not cause injury, shards of flying glass may hit people.

“If you know who is responsible for these mindless acts you should contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”

Anyone with information on the incidents, or who saw anything suspicious in the areas on the above dates, should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111..

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9:37am Thu 6 Dec 12

MrsHoney says...

What idiots. I still don't understand why so many people are able to have airguns, they're not toys! I can understand if someone requires one for their job or that some people enjoy firing at a range or such like. But any old person being able to own one? It's just stupid.
What idiots. I still don't understand why so many people are able to have airguns, they're not toys! I can understand if someone requires one for their job or that some people enjoy firing at a range or such like. But any old person being able to own one? It's just stupid. MrsHoney
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10:02am Thu 6 Dec 12

sheps lad says...

More likely to be any young person!
More likely to be any young person! sheps lad
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10:04am Thu 6 Dec 12

Barrance says...

The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty!
The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty! Barrance
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10:10am Thu 6 Dec 12

Pete the Brickie says...

I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.
I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses. Pete the Brickie
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10:13am Thu 6 Dec 12

Pete the Brickie says...

Barrance wrote:
The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty!
No they aren't an air fifle with a muzzle energy of less than 12ft lbs or 99% of them requires no permit to own. I don't agree with that as too many fall into the hands of idiots but that is the law.
[quote][p][bold]Barrance[/bold] wrote: The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty![/p][/quote]No they aren't an air fifle with a muzzle energy of less than 12ft lbs or 99% of them requires no permit to own. I don't agree with that as too many fall into the hands of idiots but that is the law. Pete the Brickie
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10:40am Thu 6 Dec 12

AngryandFrustrated says...

Pete the Brickie wrote:
I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.
Pete, as ever a delightful insight!!!

Now cue troll like comments from Chissy1.............
..............!!!

As an aside, give people with little or no common sense, the ability to own and fire anything other than a toy catapult and then this is what happens. At least it's only windows that have been damaged in this story - in York and surrounding areas recently it's been cats and swans.
[quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.[/p][/quote]Pete, as ever a delightful insight!!! Now cue troll like comments from Chissy1............. ..............!!! As an aside, give people with little or no common sense, the ability to own and fire anything other than a toy catapult and then this is what happens. At least it's only windows that have been damaged in this story - in York and surrounding areas recently it's been cats and swans. AngryandFrustrated
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11:39am Thu 6 Dec 12

CHISSY1 says...

AngryandFrustrated wrote:
Pete the Brickie wrote:
I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.
Pete, as ever a delightful insight!!!

Now cue troll like comments from Chissy1.............

..............!!!

As an aside, give people with little or no common sense, the ability to own and fire anything other than a toy catapult and then this is what happens. At least it's only windows that have been damaged in this story - in York and surrounding areas recently it's been cats and swans.
"Who is Poroit,i think he must mean Poirot,never mind,cant educate pork".
[quote][p][bold]AngryandFrustrated[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.[/p][/quote]Pete, as ever a delightful insight!!! Now cue troll like comments from Chissy1............. ..............!!! As an aside, give people with little or no common sense, the ability to own and fire anything other than a toy catapult and then this is what happens. At least it's only windows that have been damaged in this story - in York and surrounding areas recently it's been cats and swans.[/p][/quote]"Who is Poroit,i think he must mean Poirot,never mind,cant educate pork". CHISSY1
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12:26pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Tom6187 says...

I'm surprised it was just an airgun in Selby, are they going soft?
I'm surprised it was just an airgun in Selby, are they going soft? Tom6187
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1:58pm Thu 6 Dec 12

YorkPatrol says...

Barrance wrote:
The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty!
What utter rubbish

Why do people feel the need to comment when clearly clueless!
[quote][p][bold]Barrance[/bold] wrote: The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty![/p][/quote]What utter rubbish Why do people feel the need to comment when clearly clueless! YorkPatrol
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4:28pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Even AndyD says...

Times don't change it seems. I was shot in the head by an air rifle whilst walking in Acomb some 30 years ago. Still have the bump, scar tissue to prove it.
Times don't change it seems. I was shot in the head by an air rifle whilst walking in Acomb some 30 years ago. Still have the bump, scar tissue to prove it. Even AndyD
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6:23pm Thu 6 Dec 12

spamspamspamspam says...

Pete the Brickie wrote:
I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.
You're right, you're not Poirot - you're not even Inspector Clouseau!

Still, you seem to know exactly what's happened here so hopefully I can assume you'll take more care with your air rifle practise in future? :)
[quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.[/p][/quote]You're right, you're not Poirot - you're not even Inspector Clouseau! Still, you seem to know exactly what's happened here so hopefully I can assume you'll take more care with your air rifle practise in future? :) spamspamspamspam
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7:15pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Pete the Brickie says...

AngryandFrustrated wrote:
Pete the Brickie wrote:
I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.
Pete, as ever a delightful insight!!!

Now cue troll like comments from Chissy1.............

..............!!!

As an aside, give people with little or no common sense, the ability to own and fire anything other than a toy catapult and then this is what happens. At least it's only windows that have been damaged in this story - in York and surrounding areas recently it's been cats and swans.
Thanks Angry, we didn't have to wait long today.
[quote][p][bold]AngryandFrustrated[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: I'm not Poroit, but the neither are the Detective's from Selby police, look to the right of the two streets mentioned, there are fields and grass areas, rather than aiming at the two properties someone about as inexperienced with trajectory as a typical Police firearms officer will have been practising with an air rifle from time to time, firing at an elevated target without a back stop or into trees from over 200 metres away, to fire directly you'd have to be stood in the middle of the field in full view of the houses.[/p][/quote]Pete, as ever a delightful insight!!! Now cue troll like comments from Chissy1............. ..............!!! As an aside, give people with little or no common sense, the ability to own and fire anything other than a toy catapult and then this is what happens. At least it's only windows that have been damaged in this story - in York and surrounding areas recently it's been cats and swans.[/p][/quote]Thanks Angry, we didn't have to wait long today. Pete the Brickie
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9:37pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Barrance says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Barrance wrote:
The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty!
What utter rubbish

Why do people feel the need to comment when clearly clueless!
I talk rubbish do I?? I dont write the law, I only quote it!
http://www.basc.org.
uk/en/shooting/airgu
nning/air-rifles.cfm
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Barrance[/bold] wrote: The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty![/p][/quote]What utter rubbish Why do people feel the need to comment when clearly clueless![/p][/quote]I talk rubbish do I?? I dont write the law, I only quote it! http://www.basc.org. uk/en/shooting/airgu nning/air-rifles.cfm Barrance
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9:53pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Barrance says...

Barrance wrote:
YorkPatrol wrote:
Barrance wrote:
The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty!
What utter rubbish

Why do people feel the need to comment when clearly clueless!
I talk rubbish do I?? I dont write the law, I only quote it!
http://www.basc.org.

uk/en/shooting/airgu

nning/air-rifles.cfm
Sorry the link I posted doesnt copy & paste properly. Remove the space between "airgun ning" or put a search out for Airgun Law & follow the link to the basc.org website
[quote][p][bold]Barrance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Barrance[/bold] wrote: The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty![/p][/quote]What utter rubbish Why do people feel the need to comment when clearly clueless![/p][/quote]I talk rubbish do I?? I dont write the law, I only quote it! http://www.basc.org. uk/en/shooting/airgu nning/air-rifles.cfm[/p][/quote]Sorry the link I posted doesnt copy & paste properly. Remove the space between "airgun ning" or put a search out for Airgun Law & follow the link to the basc.org website Barrance
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7:46pm Sat 8 Dec 12

jimmyblackcat says...

Barrance wrote:
The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty!
well pete i sure hope your a good
brickie....cos your a dumb detective.
wots wrong with a drive by??????
doooooh
whoever it is wants a gud slap
cos i live down here.
[quote][p][bold]Barrance[/bold] wrote: The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence committed can carry a very heavy penalty![/p][/quote]well pete i sure hope your a good brickie....cos your a dumb detective. wots wrong with a drive by?????? doooooh whoever it is wants a gud slap cos i live down here. jimmyblackcat
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