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Church Gresley gun shot sounds coming from clay pigeon shooting event

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

By Steve Ashby

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A POLICE helicopter was scrambled and scoured Castle Gresley after the sound of gunshots worried residents living nearby.

However, their concerns were unnecessary, because when police arrived at the scene they found that the sound of the shots being fired were in fact coming from a clay pigeon shooting event at a farm in Burton Road.

Derbyshire Police received two calls from the area at around 7pm on Thursday evening.

The first call was from a worried resident in Mount Pleasant Road near to the farm.

The second call was slightly more alarming though, as it came from the organiser of the clay pigeon shoot-out who was worried that he might have been able to hear gun shots coming from outside of the event.

A police spokesman said that the helicopter was sent out. He said: "Police received the first call at 6.50pm from somebody who had heard gunshot sounds coming from the field.

"When the second call came in after 7pm saying that there could be people firing guns outside the pigeon shooting event, a police helicopter was sent out as a precautionary measure."

Concerns on the evening were thought to have been caused by confusion, however anyone with information that would suggest otherwise is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on the 101 phone number.

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  • gillcat  |  August 09 2014, 12:10PM

    I wish to put the record straight about the gunshots from the clay pigeon shoot. I was the resident of Mount Road (NOT Mount Pleasant Road as reported) who telephoned the police to report an incident. someone was firing a shotgun directly towards my hour and showers of shot were raining down around us as we worked in the garden. The noise from the clay shoot was not the problem and occurred after the incident when another person was firing a gun towards my property with no thought for the safety of others

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