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Thursday, 19 September, 2002, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Man loses fingers in musket accident
Prestatyn beach
The accident happened on the beach near Prestatyn
North Wales Police have launched an investigation after a man was seriously injured when a musket backfired during an incident near a holiday camp.

James Chadwick, from Oldham in Greater Manchester, had been visiting a friend in a battle re-enactment group at the Presthaven Sands Holiday Park.

Presthaven Holiday Park
The Wild West Show was being held at the holiday park

Emergency services were called to site at Gronant near Prestatyn, after Mr Chadwick injured his hand - losing several fingers - in an accident at 1506 BST on Wednesday.

Mr Chadwick and his friend had been practising firing the antique rifle on the beach, away from the complex, when the incident happened.

Police believe that a powder substitute had been used in the weapon causing it to backfire.

Clare Jones from North Wales Police said: "A black powder substance, which gives a visual affect of the musket being fired was used.

"The musket has been seized and police inquiries are ongoing."

Mr Chadwick was taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital at Bodelwyddan but was later transferred to Whiston Hospital in Merseyside, to a designated burns unit.

A spokesman for Presthaven Sands Holiday Park, said: "A very unfortunate incident has occurred and the police are conducting their own investigation into the incident.

"It did not happen on the park but on the dunes adjacent to the site."

Dozens of people from the United States Confederate Army re-enactment group had booked to stay at the site.

However the spokesman for the holiday camp insisted that the convention was not organised by the park.


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