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Police helicopter used in Maidstone to hunt for suspect seen shooting people and birds


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Police are hunting for a man who was seen indiscriminately shooting at birds with a pellet gun.

The police helicopter was used to try and catch the suspect following a report that a person was seen carrying an offensive weapon in Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, at 12.36pm.

A witness reported seeing a man taking pot shots on the bridge system near Fairmeadow and added that he had seen the culprit shooting at people too.

The bridge system in Maidstone
The bridge system in Maidstone

A police spokesman said: " A helicopter was already in the area and hence used to assist with a search. The suspect has not been located.

"Reports now lead us to believe that the person was using a ball bearing type weapon to possibly fire indiscriminately at birds.

"No injuries to people have been reported."

The helicopter has now been stood down but a spokesman said patrols will keep and eye out for anything suspicious.


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