A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD boy was shot with an air rifle as he went to retrieve his football from a neighbour’s roof over the weekend.
The schoolboy will now need surgery for his wounds after what police have slammed as an “appalling assault” in Bolton.
Greater Manchester Police said the young boy had been playing with the ball when it ended up on a nearby roof on Bridge Street about 3.50pm on Saturday.
But as he went to get the ball, he was shot at a number of times and hit in the knee.
Officers are now investigating the attack, and are searching for a man with black hair in a ponytail.
Detective Inspector Andrew Fallows from GMP’s Bolton borough said: “This was an appalling assault on a young boy who was just playing football in the street. “How someone could comprehend shooting at a child is beyond me, this is any parent’s worst nightmare when sending their kids out to play.
“Thankfully his injuries aren’t life threatening, but he will require surgery and his recovery is not going to be short.
“We are determined to find whoever decided using an air gun was appropriate action to take on a boy retrieving his football.”
Police said the 12-year-old would need surgery.
They are particularly keen to hear any information about a man who was seen in the area who is described as being white, of average build with glasses and with a grey beard and black hair tied back in a ponytail.
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Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5757.
You can also call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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