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    Pete the Brickie wrote:
    Just reading this again from last week, these may not be air rifle pellets, the description of one "going through the plastic frame" and others "shattering" upvc glazing would put a .22 bullet fired from a far greater distance in the frame for me. Ask the police to check with local the landowner opposite Bondgate to see if anyone has permission to use such a weapon for vermin shooting in the vicinity. These shooters have regular "hides" or firing points and it would not be impossible for these to be stray shots fired from a prone position at a slightly higher target.
    My air rifle could not break a double glazed window, even if I was next to it. Pete sounds about right to me. A .22 bullet would kill you so it is worth while investigating."
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Paul Taylor of Selby left in fear by airgun attacks on his home

York Press: Paul Taylor with a damaged window at his home in Bondgate, Selby Paul Taylor with a damaged window at his home in Bondgate, Selby

A MAN whose home has been targeted by a series of airgun attacks has told of his fears if the culprits are not caught.

Vandals have caused damage costing hundreds of pounds to Paul Taylor’s double-glazed windows at his home in Bondgate, Selby, which has been targeted on three occasions in the last two years.

The latest incident happened at the end of November, with others on May 18, and in January 2011. Mr Taylor said the shootings had left him frightened in his own home.

He said: “The last time it happened, they broke two of three double-glazed windows. They shot two of them, which shattered completely, and the next time it was the centre one and that went through the plastic frame.

“It’s worrying because the sink is right in front of the window, and I’m frightened to be standing there doing the dishes. It’s got to the point where I’m frightened to walk down the drive for fear of getting one in the face. It sounds silly, but now I walk backwards down the drive, or put a hand over my face.”

Mr Taylor’s home is one of two properties in the area which have been targeted three times in recent months – the other in Wistow Road – and all the incidents have happened during daylight hours.

He said: “I’m scared stiff of getting one in the face. I shouldn’t be scared in my own garden. I’m scared cutting the grass in the summer. It’s obviously not an accident now. If it hits you in the eye it can blind you or worse.

“The problem is, how can police find them unless someone sees them? If they find out who it is I’m intending to prosecute. Not just for having my windows broken, but for the stress it’s causing, it’s scaring me to death.”

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman told The Press: “These were clearly acts of absolute stupidity.

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

Anyone with information on the incidents should phone police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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