More patrols after pellet gun shooting

Gateway Community Centre, scene where 15-year-old was shot with a pellet gun. Pictured is Greg Waddell who still has the pellet in his leg with centre chairman Mary  O'Callaghan
Gateway Community Centre, scene where 15-year-old was shot with a pellet gun. Pictured is Greg Waddell who still has the pellet in his leg with centre chairman Mary O'Callaghan

High visibility patrols have been stepped up in Carlton following two incidents - including a shooting - in the village in less than 36 hours.

Police were called to Sycamore Road on Friday afternoon after a teenage boy was shot in the leg with a pellet gun.

Greg Waddell was with friends outside the Gateway Community Centre when he was shot at around 2.50pm.

The 15-year-old was taken to Bassetlaw Hospital for treatment. Doctors have been unable to remove the pellet because it is lodged close to an artery.

Gateway chairman Mary O’Callaghan, was inside the centre at the time with her 20-month-old, while her four-year-old son played outside in the secure area.

“I was screaming. I was trying to get all the children inside,” she added.

Mary said one of the pellets has also left a hole in a sign outside the centre.

Greg’s mum Sharon said her son will have to have an operation to remove the pellet once it moves.

She added: “It could have been a lot worse than what actually happened. There were other kids around so there could have easily been more than just Greg injured.”

Police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence. He was later bailed pending further inquiries. Less than 36 hours later, police were called to Willow Avenue at around 8pm on Saturday.

When officers arrived they found that a car had been damaged and a 46-year-old man had been injured. He was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged.

A Notts Police spokesman said high-visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to deter crime and reassure residents.

Witnesses of either incident should contact Notts Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.