‘Only a miracle’ prevented injury from crossbow bolt

GREEVES Park residents claim only a miracle prevented someone being killed by a crossbow bolt that lodged in a pensioner’s garden.

The shocking incident happened recently as the 69-year-old was working in her front garden. After going into the house for a cup of tea she returned to find the foot long, steel-pointed arrow lodged deeply into the ground. The bolt, thought to have been shot from nearby houses, landed just a few feet from a popular children’s play area.

The pensioner’s son-in-law said it was only by pure chance that someone wasn’t maimed or worse.

Sinn Féin’s Jay McCauley spoke with the family following the incident. He too said that those in the area only narrowly escaped serious injury.

“We don’t know if this crossbow was deliberately pointed in this lady’s direction or if it was just aimed into the air. But either way, someone could have been killed. You only have to look at this bolt to see how potentially lethal it is.


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