Girl, 2, shot in head by ‘air rifle’ in Bradford street

The scene in Cockcroft Grove, Bradford. Picture: Google Maps

The scene in Cockcroft Grove, Bradford. Picture: Google Maps

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A two-year-old girl was shot in the head by a sniper with an airgun as she walked with her family in a Bradford street, it was reported today.

Noorsadia Akhter was left with a pellet embedded in her forehead, her family said.

The little girl was in her pushchair near the family home in Cockroft Grove, in the Barkerend district.

She was treated in hospital and is now said to be recovering at home after the incident, which happened on Wednesday lunchtime.

Her mother, Noor Nahar, 26, said: “I am afraid it will happen to other children. If we don’t catch whoever did this, they will do it again and again.”

Mrs Nahar said she heard a loud bang, from an abandoned building about 50 yards away. She then heard her child scream and saw blood on her face.

Sgt Graham Dyson of West Yorkshire Police said: “We believe the pellet was fired from a derelict building to the rear of Cockroft Grove.

“I would like to stress very strongly that these types of weapons are not toys and can cause serious injuries.

“People should also be aware that using an airgun in a public place is illegal, and anyone found to be doing so will be arrested and possibly taken to court.”