Shooting parties urged to be more vigilant after man is shot in the face

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POLICE yesterday called on shooting parties to remain extra vigilant after two accidents happened in North Yorkshire within as many days. North Yorkshire Police revealed that two men who were hurt in the separate accidents were lucky not to be more seriously injured.

The Yorkshire Post revealed on Monday that a 46-year-old man was struck in the face by a number of pellets while on an organised shoot. The accident happened in Strensall, on the outskirts of York, while a group of five men were out shooting on Saturday.

It emerged yesterday that a second incident happened the following day at 11.35am on an organised shoot taking place on land at a farm in the Selby area. A 46-year-old man from Rotherham was hit in the leg and suffered superficial injuries which were treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

North Yorkshire Police’s head of firearms’ licensing, Dave Coutts, said: “Thankfully, neither of the people injured in these incidents was seriously harmed. However, the consequences could have been far more serious.”

Police have urged members of shooting parties to ensure they take simple safety measures, such as never pointing guns in anyone’s direction and ensuring the safety catch is on whenever the gun is not being used.