Boy aged five shot at Wickford house

A five-year-old boy has been shot and seriously injured at his home in Essex.

The child was taken to the Royal London Hospital with a serious but not life threatening injury at about 13:20 GMT on Sunday.

He was injured at his home in Upper Park Road, Wickford, in what police called "an accidental discharge of the weapon".

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and drug offences.

He has been released on police bail until 6 January.

The weapon - and other legally held firearms at the property - were handed over to officers, a force spokeswoman said.

"Police believe that this was an accidental discharge of the weapon and enquiries are ongoing," she said.

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