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Thursday 17 April 2014

Five year old boy injured in gun 'accident'

A five-year-old boy has been shot and seriously injured in an accident at his home.

Police were called to the property in Upper Park Road, Wickford, Essex, following reports of the incident at 1.20pm yesterday.

The child was taken to the Royal London Hospital with a serious but not life- threatening injury.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "Police are speaking to members of the family to determine the exact circumstances leading up to the incident but police believe that this was an accidental discharge of the weapon and inquiries are ongoing."

An 18-year-old man was arrested for possession of a firearm and drug offences and has been released on bail.

The weapon and other legally held firearms were handed over to police.

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