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Man shot above eye and boy threatened with hammer in Norwich robberies

PUBLISHED: 13:12 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:57 31 May 2019

Sloughbottom Park BMX track, where a man was robbed of his bike and then shot with an air gun. Pic: Dan Grimmer

Sloughbottom Park BMX track, where a man was robbed of his bike and then shot with an air gun. Pic: Dan Grimmer

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A man was shot above the eye after a teenager who was stealing his bike pulled out an air gun and opened fire - in an attack police are linking to another robbery where a boy was threatened with a hammer.

The skate park near Hellesdon Community Centre in Wood View Road where a 13-year-old boy was robbed of his bicycle. Picture Dan GrimmerThe skate park near Hellesdon Community Centre in Wood View Road where a 13-year-old boy was robbed of his bicycle. Picture Dan Grimmer

Police are scouring CCTV after two broad daylight attacks on busy Norwich roads, with detectives worried about the "serious nature" of the robberies.

The attack which left an 18-year-old man with a pellet wound above his right eye happened at about 5.30pm on Thursday.

Two teenagers approached the man at the BMX track in Sloughbottom Park in Mile Cross and stole his bike.

As the victim gave chase along the Marriott's Way, one of the teenagers, who was also armed with a hammer, pulled out an air gun and fired it at the victim.

A teenager was threatened with a hammer near Hellesdon Community Centre in Wood View Road. Pic: Google Street View.A teenager was threatened with a hammer near Hellesdon Community Centre in Wood View Road. Pic: Google Street View.

It happened close to Sweet Briar Road and the pair then fled the scene down that road, heading towards the city and turning right at the roundabout with Dereham Road.

The man who had been shot was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.

Police are linking that to an earlier robbery, which happed on the skate park, near Hellesdon Community Centre in Wood View Road at about midday.

A 13-year-old boy was robbed of his bicycle by a teenager wielding a hammer.

Sloughbottom Park in Norwich. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Sloughbottom Park in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

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In that incident, the victim was threatened, but was not injured.

Parents of youngsters using the skate parks today were shocked to learn about the robberies.

And Richard Edwards, deputy chair of the Mile Cross Festival, which is held in Sloughbottom Park, said: "It's disgusting to hear that something like that has happened in the park."

Det Sgt Chris Burgess. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Det Sgt Chris Burgess. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The former Norfolk county councillor added: "And there's so many things which go on which you don't hear about.

A spokeswoman for Hellesdon Parish Council, which manages the skate park, said they could not comment, as the matter was in the hands of the police.

Detective Inspector Chris Burgess, from Norwich CID, said: "We are linking these incidents and officers are exploring several lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV evidence.

"The second incident involved a nasty assault, which has left the victim with a pellet wound above his right eye. Due to the serious nature, we are keen to hear from anyone who may have information concerning those involved."

Police have said they do not believe the attacks are related to gangs.

Detectives want to hear from witnesses who saw either incident, or who has information which could help their investigations.

Police are particularly keen to speak to any motorists with dash cams who may have been travelling in the Sweet Briar Road area at around 5.30pm.

Anyone with information should contact Norwich CID on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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