Air rifle attack victim is guest at police armoury

Connor Minto, left, with brother Callum, nine, and Pc Mark Outhwaite.
Connor Minto, left, with brother Callum, nine, and Pc Mark Outhwaite.

A young victim of an air rifle attack has been a guest of honour at Durham Constabulary’s armoury.

Connor Minto, 11, was watching a rugby match at the Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street in November last year when he was hit just above his left eye, narrowly avoiding serious injury.

His visit follows a similar one made by the 14-year-old responsible for the attack, ordered by a court to give him an awareness of the dangers of mishandling air weapons.

DC Andy Froggatt said: “In the hope that it may bringclosure to his traumatic ordeal, we were glad to invite Connor and his family to Durham Police headquarters where he was shown around the force armoury.

“Connor also agreed to have the photo of the pellet embedded in his head placed in the armoury for future interventions, as an example of what can happen if airguns are misused.”