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Police hunt gunman who fired paintballs at traffic

PUBLISHED: 11:48 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 15 October 2018

A paintball gun and balls. Police are appealing for information after some fired paintballs at cars in Diss. Picture: Getty

A paintball gun and balls. Police are appealing for information after some fired paintballs at cars in Diss. Picture: Getty

Jason Maehl

A paintball sniper who targeted passing traffic on the main road through Diss is being hunted by police.

Paintballs found close to where someone was firing at cars on Victoria Road in Diss. Picture: Norfolk PolicePaintballs found close to where someone was firing at cars on Victoria Road in Diss. Picture: Norfolk Police

Motorists on Victoria Road found themselves coming under attack on Saturday night from someone firing a paintball gun at cars.

At least four cars were hit as they drove close to the Tesco roundabout and police believe others may also have been targeted by the sniper.

PC Jim Squires, of South Norfolk police, said: “Following reports from four motorists we launched a search of the area around the Tesco roundabout. We were unable to find the person responsible but we did find paintballs in an alleyway.

“There was no permanent damage caused to the cars but this could have caused an accident and posed a risk to people and we would like to trace the person responsible.

“They may also have been committing firearms offences depending on the type of weapon that was being used.”

Handling a paint gun in public is an offence under s.19 of the Firearms Act and more serious than those involved may realise, he added.

Police are appealing for information and for anyone else who suffered damage to their car to contact them. Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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