Two girls hospitalised after group of boys fire 'BB gun' in Bristol city centre

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Three 14-year-old boys have been arrested but police were unable to locate the weapon

Two girls were hospitalised and three boys were arrested after a group shot a BB-type gun at people in Bristol city centre. 

Police say the group of teenage boys fired the BB-type handgun in Cabot Circus at about 5.45pm on February 12, causing passers-by alarm.

Officers were deployed to search for the individuals.

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Later that evening, three teenage girls approached patrolling police officers and reported being fired at by a group of boys. Two of the girls had pellet wounds and went to hospital for treatment.

Just before 8.30pm, a group of boys entered an independent convenience shop in Broad Quay and again a BB gun was fired but no one was hurt.

Officers arrested three 14-year-old boys at about 8.50pm but were unable to locate the described weapon. Police are now appealing for witnesses.

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The boys – who were visiting the city from outside the Avon and Somerset policing area – have been released on bail with conditions not to come to Bristol pending further enquiries.

Avon & Somerset Police said there will be an increased uniformed police presence in the city centre over the next few days as neighbourhood teams continue to carry out reassurance patrols. 

Anyone who can help is asked to call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5224037892. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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