A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
I have to start this post by saying that I am fine. However I was shot in the arm with an air-rifle / airgun on Monday night whilst on a run in Ally Pally.
I was running with two training partners along the path that winds its way down towards the station from the ice-rink car park, past an ornate fountain. There were a couple of chaps (I assume it was two men) with their hoods up standing by the fountain, which was covered in broken beer bottles (which I know realise they were using for target practice).
As we passed the two people and got about 50m away I heard a pop and felt something like a bee sting on the back of my left arm. I carried on a for a while before stopping to check the back of my arm under a street light.
At the risk of sounding a little Monty Python about it, it is only a flesh wound with broken skin and a bruise.
I reported it to the police who were brilliant - I felt embarrassed to be reporting something so minor but they took it very seriously and said that they had sent a unit to Ally Pally and also they would patrol more to try to catch the perpetrators.
I guess this post is more an information post than anything else and a suggestion that when it's dark, runners, walkers, dog walkers, etc stick to the well lit parts of Ally Pally.
So sorry to hear about this Simon, and many thanks for letting people know. Hope the bruising etc gets better soon.
Simon, Thanks for letting everyone know - and good to know that the police have taken it seriously. It must have been really unnerving.