Man shot in eye through spy hole at Leigh home

The Bolton News: Police are appealing for witnesses Police are appealing for witnesses

A MAN may be left blind in one eye after he was shot through the spy hole of his own front door.

The 28-year-old victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition after a pellet, believed to be from some kind of air gun, was removed from his left eye.

He was at his Westbourne Avenue home in Leigh when he heard his dog barking and went to the front door just after 3pm on Friday, December 6.

He looked through the spy hole and felt a sharp pain in his left eye before realising he had been shot.

Inquiries are now ongoing to find out who is responsible and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Constable Andy Partington from Leigh Police Station said: “We believe the weapon used may be some kind of air gun. Whatever it was, the pellet has smashed the glass in the spy hole and lodged into his eye. He has received treatment but there is a possibility he may be permanently blinded.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen someone with a weapon in or around the Westbourne Avenue area to contact us as soon as possible. At this moment in time, we do not know whether this is a targeted or random attack.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7225 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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