Police making enquiries after air rifle incident near South Shields Golf Club

Police are making enquiries after a report that a shot was fired from an air rifle near South Shields Golf Club.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 11:07 am

Officers were called to the area of South Shields Golf Club on Cleadon Hills on the evening of Sunday, May 9 after receiving a report that an air rifle had been fired.

They did not find any suspects at the scene and no one is reported to have been injured.

However, Northumbria Police confirmed that enquiries into the alleged incident are ongoing and urged anyone with information to contact the force.

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The public foot path near Fellside that runs through South Shields Golf Club.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm we received a report of a suspected air rifle being fired in the area of South Shields Golf Club last night (Sunday).

“Officers attended the scene to carry out enquiries but no suspects were located. Nobody is reported to have been injured.

“Enquiries are ongoing."

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An investigation has been launched following a report that a shot was fired from an air rifle near to South Shields Golf Club.

South Shields Golf Club general manager Tim Kent said he was unaware of the incident but said that a licenced pest control company does clear the course of animals deemed vermin such as rats and crows around once a month, with work taking place on an evening.

"Licenced pest control people do go out on the course infrequently, about once a month,” he said.

"I am not sure if they were on the site last night as we have had nothing reported.”

The golf club has previously stressed the safety of its pest control measures and that no one is put at risk.

Meanwhile a resident, who did not want to be named, said was walking in the area at around 10.30pm on Sunday a shot was fired close to where he was walking, leaving him ‘shaken’ but unharmed.

He reported the incident to the police and raised concerns over the safety.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log 1124 090521.

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