Police who patrol Oxford’s Blackbird Leys estate say they are frustrated they cannot stop youths buying toy pellet guns.I..
At a Blackbird Leys Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors raised the issue of young people purchasing BB (ball bearing) or pellet guns, as they feared the low-powered toys could potentially hurt someone.Well, maybe if they battered someone over the head with it?
But Sgt Rob Axe, of the Leys neighbourhood police team said there was nothing his officers could do.
Speaking at the meeting, he said: “ These guns are toys, they have orange ends on them, or red handles, and so they are not illegal.
“We have identified who is selling them and we will keep an eye on this. But at the moment, what they’re doing isn’t illegal.”Since you’ve apparently satisfied they aren’t doing anything illegal, why are you still watching them? Surely there are enough people in Blackbird Leys doing illegal things you can fill your time watching them?
Speaking after the meeting, Sgt Axe said: “This was brought to our attention when a young guy was shot with a pellet from BB gun a few months ago. These are not air rifles, they’re far less powerful and are technically toys, so it doesn’t appear there’s anything we can do about it.”
“It’s quite frustrating, I think some of these guns could take someone’s eye out.”Next week in the Oxford Mail – ‘Police Frustrated Over Inability To Stop People Running With Scissors’…