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Have-a-go hero in dog fight gun injury

Tuesday 23 April 2013, 10:37

Keri Davies Keri Davies Web Producer, The Archers

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Felpersham Advertiser

An Ambridge man was wounded by a shotgun blast on Friday (April 19th), as evil dog fighters fled a police raid.

Organic pig breeder Neil Carter (55) was walking in the woods near Home Farm, Ambridge, when he noticed unusual activity in remote outbuildings. As chair of the local parish council, he knew that Borsetshire Constabulary suspected that illegal dog fighting was taking place in the county.

Neil reported his suspicions to the police, who quickly responded with the assistance of RSPCA officers. In a barn near the A1992 Edgeley Road, they uncovered a sickening scene of violence and degradation. Dogs specially trained for fighting were set upon each other, egged on by thugs gambling on the results.

As the villains tried to make their escape, Neil made a heroic attempt to get the number of a departing vehicle, only for its occupant to brandish a shotgun. Heedless of his own safety in the pursuit of justice, brave Neil took several pellets in his shoulder. He was treated in the A&E department of Borsetshire General and discharged the same evening.

Interviewed by the Felpersham Advertiser, Neil played down his part in the raid. ‘Anyone would have done the same’, he said. ‘I really don’t want any fuss.’

Inspector Peter Hamilton of Borsetshire Constabulary said: ‘We’re very grateful to Mr Carter for the timely alert, which enabled us to make several arrests. We are still pursuing the gunman and would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.’

Brian Aldridge of Home Farm added: ‘I had no idea these disgraceful activities were taking place on my premises. We owe a debt of gratitude to public-spirited citizens like Neil.'

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    Comment number 1.

    When is the ghastly Pip going to get her comeuppance????I am so sick of the self obsessed young woman, who thinks everyone owes her a living whilst living at home at Bank of Mum and Dad. When is Ruth going to get some backbone and stand side by side with David and stop saying '...oooooo noooo....'??The parents need to chuck this cuckoo out of the nest!

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    I am so glad David agreed the accident was entirely Pip's fault. This current no blame culture is teaching today's teenagers that they can get away with quite a lot. Nice to see that the old-fashioned way of thinking routinely displayed by Armbridge men also applies to bringing up offsprings to face their responsibilities. Let's hope Pip goes to her interview by train + taxi which she can pay out of her earnings. Given the amount of prep she's mustered, she'll fail anyway.

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    Comment number 3.

    Lillian - Are you starting to feel guilty about being seen with Paul...? Just let's hope that Matt's friend dosen't dob you in to Matt.

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    Given that arrests have been made in the dog-fighting case, isn't the Felpersham Advertiser sailing rather close to the wind regarding Contempt of Court? Or is my newspaper law getting a little rusty?

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    Comment number 5.

    The lovely, yet now ghastly, Pip is going to be exposed as a fiendish rural drug user. There can't be any other explanation really. The only question is what drug?


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