August 21 2014 Latest news:
John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage cyclist was shot in the eye by a group of youths playing with an air riffle.
The 13-year-old boy was treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital in north London after being hit by a pellet at Old Dagenham Park on August 21.
Police said he had now recovered and was back at school.
The Met stressed the injury, in his left eye, was not thought to have been caused deliberately but would like to speak to three youths seen in Siviter Way at the time.
A spokesman said: “The boy was riding his bike with his two friends and was injured as he passed a group of three Asian boys aged 15 to 17 who were playing with an air rifle.
“Although this injury is not thought to have been caused intentionally, police are keen to know the identity of the owners of the air rifle.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The number of animals reported stolen from Barking and Dagenham more than doubled in the first three months of this year, new figures show.
Accidents involving dustcarts have cost Barking and Dagenham Council more than £300,000 in the past six years, the Post can reveal.
One hundred years ago, a global war began that saw more than 16million people killed and a further 20m wounded. In this week’s feature to mark the centenary of the First World War, Sophie Morton finds out how the story of Barking’s own war hero is being told to a new audience.