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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 22:28 GMT 23:28 UK
Ipswich star cautioned by police
Darren Bent
Darren Bent was cautioned by police over the incident
Ipswich footballer Darren Bent has been given a formal caution by police after a 12-year-old boy was shot at with a pellet gun, police have said.

The 20-year-old striker was arrested last month following an incident in which a plastic pellet was allegedly fired in Kesgrave.

He was released without charge and returned to answer on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said: "He has been given a formal caution in respect of his actions."

Neither the player nor the club were available for comment on the incident.

He had been arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause violence.

A pellet from the BB gun allegedly struck the boy in the back on 11 May, as he played in Baird Grove, Kesgrave, Suffolk.

He did not require hospital treatment.

Mr Bent, who has been with Ipswich since he was 14, played 36 games for the club last season, scoring 17 goals.

He has also represented England at many junior levels, making his debut for the Under-21 side last year.

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