Pellet lodged in man’s eye

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POLICE have launched an urgent investigation after a man was shot in the eye through the spy hole of his front door.

Just after 3pm on Friday, the 28-year-old man was in his home in Westbourne Avenue, Leigh, when he heard his dog barking.

He went to the front door and looked through the spy hole before he felt a sharp pain in his left eye.

He realised he had been shot and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A pellet was removed and he remains in a stable condition.

Inquiries are now ongoing to find out who is responsible.

Detective Constable Andy Partington said: “We believe the weapon used may be some kind of air gun. Whatever it was, the pellet has smashed the glass in the spy hole and lodged into his eye. He has received treatment but there is a possibility he may be permanently blinded.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen someone with a weapon in or around the Westbourne Avenue area to contact us as soon as possible. At this moment in time, we do not know whether this is a targeted or random attack.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.