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Children at Edinburgh primary school targeted by airgun pellets

Posted in: Criminal Injury and Assault Personal Injury School Accidents 

An arrest has been made following the terror caused by an airgun attack that took place on Thursday at an Edinburgh primary school. 

The airgun-user mysteriously targeted a total of 10 children as they were playing in the playground of their school, Gilmerton Primary, at lunchtime. One child, a young girl who was attacked with her friends, described her minor injuries: “I got shot twice on my thumb, and it started bleeding”. Other children reported redness and bruising following the incident — but luckily there were no fatal injuries

Shortly after the incident, an arrest was made. A local 16-year-old was detained and later charged for the offence as police deemed it reckless conduct. Due to this quick arrest, the police have assured local residents that there should be no further threat and additional patrols have been arranged to ensure the comfort of parents, pupils, and staff. 

New licensing regime

Due to similar incidents, the Scottish Government is currently planning the introduction of new regulations. It has been noted that around half a million people in Scotland own unlicensed airguns, making it difficult for police to monitor and tackle related problems. A sounding has been launched by Kenny MacAskill — the Justice Secretary — that will trigger a new licensing regime for the use of air weapons as of December. A Scottish Government spokesman said: “it is crucial that the Scottish government has a new licensing regime that is workable, proportionate and effectively helps the police tackle inappropriate ownership and use.”

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