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BOY SHOT DEAD DURING FOX HUNT

A 13-year-old boy has died after being shot during a hunting expedition in Devon on Saturday evening. Police said it appeared the teenager was a member of a small party who were out hunting foxes.

Detectives think the teenager could have been shot in mistake for a fox in the dark. The boy, who has not been named, was the grandson of the farmer on whose land the incident happened in the Harberton area of south Devon.

Single bullet

The youngster was in a small party which was hunting by the "lamping" method - using lights to spot prey. There were at least three adults and three teenagers in the hunting party.

Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman Sgt Alan Mobbs said: "At the moment it is an unexpected death, and we are investigating the circumstances." The boy suffered a single bullet wound in the incident, he said. It is understood an adult member of the party fired the shot which hit the boy. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Other members of the shooting party tried to revive the teenager at the scene before the arrival of paramedics. The Devon and Cornwall Police helicopter flew the youngster to hospital in Exeter where he later died. A full forensic post mortem will be carried out later on Sunday by a Home Office pathologist.

Liberation Magazine

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