Five-year-old Kharli Morris was shot in the chest as she played outside her grandmother's house.
The schoolgirl was struck by a pellet fired from a BB gun.
Another girl was then hit in the back by a second pellet as the two youngsters played in Albemarle Road, Cross Heath.
Who could do such a thing?
It is thought the BB gun was fired from a window within a block of flats near Kharli's gran's home.
Now police are hunting the gunman who targeted the two girls.
Officers are being supported by social landlord Aspire Housing which owns the Ashfield Court flats complex used to house vulnerable people.
Ah. Say no more.
Kharli, who attends Hempstalls Primary School, in Newcastle, has been left with a large red blister by the force of the pellet.
And Rebecca says she heard clapping and laughing coming from the flats complex following the shooting.
The 30-year-old cleaner added: "I am so angry. It is such a cowardly and horrible thing to do, especially to a child.
"If she had ducked at the sound of the gun going off it could have blinded her. We want these people found and thrown out of the flats – it is disgusting behaviour."
No, no, you don’t understand! These people
are the victims here, not the children!
Ashfields Court is a supported housing scheme for young people. It is aimed at helping vulnerable people establish a home and live responsibly in society.
It’s failing, clearly.
Aspire Housing managing director Wayne Hughes said: "We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour and our thoughts are with the family. The incident is under investigation and we are working with the police to provide our full support and co-operation."
So, what are you actually doing
Or is that ‘nothing, in case it affects our profits’..?
“Can't help noticing that whenever lowlife crime surfaces in press in Newcastle area, Aspire Housing is mentioned. Does this housing association even bother to vet anyone? Or are they simply taking in all & sundry as tenants, regardless of criminal history, just to pocket housing benefit? If the latter, God help the decent tenants stuck in some of their properties!”
Oh my dear sweet Jesus, where to start!
1. Kharli? FFS you low life shit, learn to spell; you're impressing no one but yourselves.
2. Police are hunting a gunman? No, police are hunting a couple of kids.
3.Either said kids would give Carlos Hathcock* a run for his money, or the shooter was very close, nearly direct on and low down; there, thats narrowed your search.
*US Marine sniper, over 100 confirmed kills in Vietnam.
Newcastle Under lyme is proabably run by Aspire housing. You keep hearing the name for the same reason that anyone driving round the area will see more Aspire vans than any other commercial concern.
N-U-L has tons of social housing and Aspire run all of it.
The solution to finding out who fired the shots seems simple to me. Give every person in that block of flats a notice of eviction. The shooter has probably failed to comply with the terms of tenancy and so unless he/she can be identified, then everyone is suspect. I would suggest that the name of the shooter would soon be made known.
Can't beat a bit of collective punishment, eh?
Old habits die hard.
Noggy old fruit. The threat of eviction would no doubt concentrate the mind wonderfully. There would be no need for collective punishment as there would be so many fingers pointing at the culprit (honour amongst.... etc) he/she will have to go into therapy!
"Either said kids would give Carlos Hathcock* a run for his money, or the shooter was very close, nearly direct on and low down; there, thats narrowed your search."
Don't spoil their fun! They so love to pull on all the kit and pretend they are playing 'CoD'.. ;)
" You keep hearing the name for the same reason that anyone driving round the area will see more Aspire vans than any other commercial concern."
We have several here in the South (London Quadrant, for example), but I don't think I've heard of Aspire.
"The threat of eviction would no doubt concentrate the mind wonderfully."
And would draw a host of lawyers just as a pile of manure draws flies...
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