Worry after spate of BB gun attacks on windows

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Shops and a church are being targeted in repeated BB gun attacks in Leyland.

Windows have been fired at and in Leyland Lane over the course of the past two weeks, and now police want help tracking down those responsible.

PC Dave Gaskill said: “There have been attacks on four properties - a newsagents, a hair salon, a tyre garage and Leyland Baptist Church, each with holes found in windows at the front.

“We believe that the damage has been caused by a ball bearing gun as there’s two or three holes in each window.

“It’s been been going on for about two weeks now, between the hours of closing and opening up again in the morning. To think think that someone’s walking round with a BB gun at night is not good.”

He added: “It’s not clear who’s doing it. We’ve been into local schools, but nobody has come forward with information.”

Rev Sandra Crawford of Leyland Baptist Church, said the building has been attacked at least four times recently.

She said: “We’ve got numerous holes and cracks in our windows, and it’s got to the point where it’s not worth repairing while it’s still going on.

“There’s been occasions where we’ve been inside the church with young people, and we’ve been aware of things hitting the windows. It’s quite upsetting for them.

“It’s also very dangerous - I’ve heard from a man who said his car was hit as he travelled past the shops at Seven Stars, and that could cause a serious accident.”

She added: “We’ve had this problem before, about three years ago, but the police were very good at finding the culprits and it stopped.

“Unfortunately it’s that time of year again, it’s summer and there’s light nights.

“It’s a shame, because the church is part of the Leyland Project, and we’ve done lots of good work with youngsters, but now we’re struggling, because we’ve also spent a lot on the church in the last year, and the money for repairing the windows just isn’t there.”

Anyone who has information on who is reponsible, or has seen any suspicious behaviour in the area, is asked to call police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.