Man shot with BB gun pellet

Police in Scarborough are today appealing for witnesses after a man was bit by a BB gun pellet in Queen’s Parade in Scarborough.

North Yorkshire Police have told Breaking News that the incident occurred around 10:50pm on Friday 27th December 2013.

The man was walking with a group of people along with his young children.

A small, dark blue hatchback drove past the group and at the same time, a BB gun was fired from the vehicle. A pellet hit the man on his head and caused grazing. Although the man did not require hospital treatment, he was very shaken up by what happened. Two 18-year-old men were arrested nearby a short time later.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the small, dark blue hatchback travelling around Scarborough on Friday night, to contact them.

PC Gemma Johnson of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was a very frightening ordeal which left the victim very shocked. It is completely unacceptable behaviour and is taken very seriously by the police.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw the incident or noticed the car travelling around the town on Friday night to contact the police. Although two men have been arrested, it is very important that we speak to anyone who has information about the incident.

“Anyone who owns an imitation firearm should be aware that all reports of incidents involving firearms – imitation or real – are treated as real guns until the police are satisfied they are not. Consequently, anyone brandishing one in public could be faced with police officers armed with real guns.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Gemma Johnson, or email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information without giving your name to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference 12130223834 when passing on information about this incident.

The arrested men are both from Scarborough and have been released on police bail while the investigation continues.