Essex

Gun fired at boy in 'cops and robbers' game

The scene of the shooting in Wickford
Image caption The shooting happened at a house in Upper Park Road, Wickford

A teenager has admitted illegally owning a gun which was fired accidentally at a five-year-old boy during a "cops and robbers" game.

Johnny Wilson, 18, of Upper Park Road in Wickford, Essex, was looking after the child, and an eight-year-old boy, at his home when the shooting happened.

Basildon Crown Court heard the children had found the gun on Wilson's bed in November last year.

The five-year-old was seriously injured in his left eye.

Wilson admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of cannabis.

He is due to be sentenced in July.

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