Outrage in UK seaside town overrun with violence as kids as young as 12 are shot at

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The latest incident comes as Hembsy is under threat from severe coastal erosion forcing people to leave their homes.

By Christopher Sharp, News Reporter

19:08, Wed, May 15, 2024 | UPDATED: 19:12, Wed, May 15, 2024

Hemsby

Earlier this month, a woman was arrested on suspicion of causing GBH by shooting children in Hemsby (Image: Getty)

Locals living in the Norfolk town of Hemsby as children as young as 12 years old run around and are shot at as they play near crumbling sand dunes.

Police were called to Hemsby earlier this month to reports of children between the ages of 12 and 15 being shot at with an air rifle.

Following the incident on May 4, one boy was taken to hospital and two others were treated for minor injuries. A woman was later arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and causing grievous bodily harm.

The latest incident to strike Hembsy comes as the town battles with the erosion of local dunes that threaten to sweep away homes and livelihoods.

A house being destroyed in Hemsby

Hemsby is fighting a losing battle with coast erosion forcing some homes to be removed (Image: PA)

The MailOnline reported that the woman who was arrested claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity and that she didn’t own a weapon. She told the publication: “The only thing I did was shout at the kids for climbing up the dunes and being on top of the dunes.

“The kids were climbing up the dunes and their parents were at the bottom. When the police came they told me I was being arrested for possession of a firearm. Of course, I don't have one.”

The woman added that she was told one of the children had identified her as having the gun and that she was questioned under caution and is now on bail.

According to reports, the boys were among several teams staying in the area as part of the Great Yarmouth Rugby Festival that took place over the May Bank Holiday with locals adding that they were staying at the Richardson’s Holiday Park nearby.

Following the incident, the joint managing director of the company that organised the rugby tournament Jamie Borden told the Mail that they were unable to provide any further details about why the boys were in the area.

He added that their relationship with the locals was of great importance to them and that they would be reviewing security arrangements at future events.

In a statement following the incident, a spokesperson for East of England Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 4.01pm on Saturday with reports of two teenagers with minor injuries from an air rifle. We confirmed minor injuries at the scene.

“We sent an ambulance, rapid response vehicle and ambulance officer vehicle. No one required transport to hospital.”

Express.co.uk has approached the Norfolk Constabulary for comment.

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