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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2007, 09:57 GMT 10:57 UK
Police warning over air weapons
Police have urged people living in a Nottinghamshire town to help them reduce the number of incidents involving air weapons.

There were 33 reported offences in the Mansfield and Ashfield area between 1 January and 2 May.

Officers said most of the incidents involved criminal damage, but in three cases cats were shot and injured.

Police have asked people to make sure children use airguns responsibly and to report anyone seen misusing them.

'Beneath contempt'

Insp Richard Fretwell said: "Some people think air weapons are toys, but that is far from the truth.

"They can cause serious damage to property, significant injury to anyone who is struck by a pellet, and can even kill.

"And anyone who thinks it is big and clever to shoot a defenceless animal is beneath contempt.

"The problem is happening across the Mansfield and Ashfield area, and we want the public to help us stop it."

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